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Punjab Food Authority bans “energy” in energy drinks, while KP bans...

News Analysis | Punjab Food Authority, the province’s most formidable and evidently indiscriminate food watchdog has ordered beverage companies that manufacture so called “Energy drinks”...

Shifting energy import patterns enhance China’s clout in the Middle East

James M. Dorsey | Subtle shifts in Chinese energy imports suggest that China may be able to exert influence in the Middle East in alternative...

TAPI: A Dreamer’s Pipe-dream becoming reality?

Marvin G. Weinbaum & Samad Sadri | Global demand for energy is increasing and natural gas consumption is growing faster than for oil and coal. In...

Saudis in search of energy alternatives

Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal | Saudi Arabia has been exploring various options to sustain and endure its energy security. Recently, it announced to improve its...

Government plans to cut down Solar battery prices to save environment

News Analysis | The government is brainstorming on a plan to cut down duties on the import of lithium batteries to promote its usage in...

7th Joint Cooperation Committee meeting on CPEC deepens trade relationship between...

Asia Maqsood | China and Pakistan have been working to promote the construction of the CPEC project through the sustenance of a Joint Cooperation Committee...

Breast Cancer: lets say the word and not hide from it!

News Desk | What is your organization? Pink Ribbon Pakistan National Breast Cancer Awareness Program is a non-funded, self-sustained initiative. We strive to significantly reduce breast...

CPEC: Pakistan’s quest for energy security

 Asia Maqsood | Sufficient supply of energy is central to industry, transport, infrastructure, information technology, agriculture and households. Besides, economic growth and higher standard of...

GB chief promoting tourism while traders continue to strike

News Analysis | The province of Gilgit-Baltistan has invited private airlines to collaborate with the regional government and start off local flights to the scenic...

CPEC: A Chinese Vision Since 2005

Saeed Afridi | China’s rise has been attributed to the successful implementation of its ‘Dual Track’ transition policy based on gradual, incremental and near-constant reform of its economic sector in conjunction with Five Year Plans. The is Dual Track policy emphasised on social and economic reform; without any corresponding political reform. It started under Deng Xiaoping post-1976, based on the Zhou Enlai’s “Four Modernisation Plan” and has seen additional changes with every Five Year Plan (FYP). The National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NDRC) has played an instrumental role in China’s development through these Five Year Plans. China’s Regions and Economic Development Economic and social reforms proposed by the NDRC in its 5th and 6th FYPs, from 1978 till 1984, have formed the bedrock of subsequent economic development. China was divided into three zones, Coastal, Central and Western. The coastal zone became the immediate focus of economic reforms through “Special Economic Zones”, and an “Open Door” policy to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) and creating internal economic corridors. An initiative that links CPEC, BCIMEC and CCWAEC with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) should have been, and now must be, the crux of Pakistan’s regional economic goals, much like Kazakhstan’s efforts. The 7th and 8th FYPs (1984-1993) built upon this success by introducing internal market reforms and began China’s transformation into a localised Socialist market economy while Jian Zemin’s subsequent 9th and 10th FYPs went further and introduced large-scale privatisation within provinces, an expansion of successful policies into the Central Region and laying the groundwork for future expansion within the Western Region. By 2006, the rapid economic development of the Coastal and Central regions had created a huge disparity in the economic and social well being within China. The focus since the 11th and 12th FYPs has been the re-orientation of China’s “Dual Track” reform towards China’s Western region. The development of China’s Western Region as an economic zone required access to economically advantageous primary resources and the development of market access for the export of goods.

Use ZINC to get yourself in sync!

Lubna Khan | With these beautiful seasonal changes, a lot of us have started to feel under the weather, here is something that can definitely...

Talk about economy but mend your ways, Sir

Ejaz Haider | HISTORY PROVES THAT ECONOMIC SECURITY MUST PRECEDE HARD SECURITY Some days ago, Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa delivered a keynote address at...

China: A story of a great transformation

Umair Aslam | I recently embarked on a journey to China for three weeks to attend a Seminar on New Energy Industry Cooperation for Developing...

Why Riyadh is so interested in joining CPEC?

News Analysis | Riyadh will soon invest in the Gwadar Port and become part of the mega-project, the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). This was...

Big bang theory explained

Asif Haroon Raja | The universe is 13 billion and 18 crore years old. The universe came into existence as a result of a Big...

Young Karachiites pledge to save electricity and make their city clean

News Analysis | Around 12,000 students in Karachi have pledged to save electricity after energy- supplying company, K-Electric, initiated a broad campaign to bring a...

Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission’s quest for civil nuclear energy

Dr. Zafar Nawaz Jaspal | The nuclear power generation is very efficient, environment-friendly and economical source of energy. Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission is intelligently using...

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Israel

News Analysis | Narendra Modi has become the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel, arriving in Tel Aviv on Tuesday as part of a...

A possible new makeover for US and Russia?

M. K. Bhadrakumar | The White House disclosed Thursday during a media briefing on President Donald Trump’s forthcoming trip to Europe next week that he will meet...

“Anti-industry” policies of the government: Textile Association to protest

The textile industry is all set to stage countrywide demonstrations along with a special protest in front of National Assembly in Islamabad on July...

Mohammed bin Salman becomes the new Crown Prince: Expected divisions in...

Stephen Kalin and William Maclean | Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was elevated to Crown Prince on Wednesday, replacing his cousin in...

Is political instability rocking the Pakistani Boat?

Asif Haroon Raja | On October 12, 1999, a democratically elected government of PML-N was toppled by the military under Gen Pervez Musharraf. Nawaz Sharif...

Think positive, live happily, but how?

Jeffrey Lau | Many of us may have heard of the importance of positivity but few can really tell why it’s important. Barbara Fredrickson, a...

With Syrian attacks Trump launches his Queen on the chessboard

James M. Dorsey | One thing this week’s US air strikes in Syria highlight is the fact that the sands are continuously shifting as regional...

Non-alignment of Pakistan is needed to survive the new Great Game

Saud Bin Ahsen | The term “Great Game” has been used in different contexts to describe geostrategic struggles between various powers at different times. It...

How to avoid 5 toxic behaviors that could kill your confidence?

We all know what an advantage it is to be confident and how having self-confidence can make a huge difference in your professional, social,...