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Pakistan’s health care system in a crisis

GVS Magazine | GVS sat down with Dr. Sania Nishtar, the internationally acclaimed health expert and the co-chair of WHO's commission on Non-Communicable diseases. In the...

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...

CPEC and Great Power Rivalry

Andrew Small | “There have been real accomplishments in CPEC’s first phase – but the international context for the scheme still needs to be fixed”.In...

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...

Collapsing Reach: Is Chabahar the next Indian strategic defeat?

News Analysis | The Iranian port of Chabahar, touted to be the lynchpin of the “great Indian move to circumvent Pakistan” seems to be on...

US will withdraw troops from Syria ‘very soon’: Trump

News Analysis | “US would withdraw its troops from soon from Syria”, President Donald Trump said on March 29, 2018. The statement is not announcing...

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...

Pakistan: Education can be a strategic investment

Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq | Education is fundamental to development and growth. Access to education, which is a basic human right enshrined in the Universal Declaration of...

Australia and ASEAN: More loopholes than Swiss cheese

News Analysis | Australia’s Prime Minister, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP hosted Australia’s first-ever summit with ASEAN on Australian soil on March 17-18, 2018. He...

Inside the Perpetual Battlefield of Information warfare

Shahid Raza |   There has been a drastic transformation in the dynamics of warfare since the first Gulf War took place in 1990. Viewed in...

Macron and Modi join hands to build world’s largest power plant...

Asia Maqsood | French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to India on March 9, 2018, has brought an unprecedented achievement for the latter. Macron and Modi...

Chinese demands to Malaysia highlight China’s growing challenges!

James M. Dorsey |  A Chinese demand for the extradition of 11 Uyghurs from Malaysia puts the spotlight on China’s roll-out of one of the...

The real difference between PTI and PML-N

Muhammad Talha | With the next general elections around the corner, all political parties of Pakistan are girding up their loins to enter the political...

Modi tells Congress not to give lectures on democracy

News Analysis | On February 7 2018, India’s Prime Minister issued merciless statements against the Congress in Lok Sabha starting from the partition-caused by congress’...

US suspends economic aid to Pakistan

News Analysis | On February 6, 2018 the US House of Representatives joined the Senate to end economic aid to Pakistan through a bill which...

Telenor bags startup awards as sales dip

News Desk | The final quarter of 2017 has not been the brightest for Telenor Pakistan, one of the leading GSM services in the country....

Nawaz Sharif hoping to transform Sindh “if given the chance”

News Analysis | Disqualified ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif has declared to transform Sindh, if given the chance in the next general elections of 2018. In a...

Pakistan’s budget deficit could expand due to election spending

News Analysis | The World Bank, on Wednesday, warned Pakistan that its budget deficit may increase due to weak tax revenues, expenditure escalation and increasing...

Promise delivered! KP education rankings come out on top

Aisha Sarwari | The success of policymaking is rooted in collection and analysis of relevant data. It provides evidence to make sound decisions especially in...

Shaukat Khanum 23rd anniversary

Nasir Azeem | Few days back Shaukat Khanum Hospital celebrated 23 years of it's foundation on 29th of December, the date on which Imran Khan's...

South Asia: shaky state of affairs, uncertain future

Andrew Korybko | South Asia is simmering as China and India wrestle with one another for influence in this strategic region. The two nominal BRICS...

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.

USAID has no issues with Russian investment in Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline

News Analysis | Mission Director of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Jerry Bisson, has said that the US has no issues in Russian...

Iran’s good relations with Pakistan and India stops the US from...

Adam Garrie | India-Pakistan relations have become notably unhealthy in the age of Premier Narendra Modi, however, both countries continue to share something which separates...

“China’s Belt & Road” distracting US?

M K Bhadrakumar | While addressing the "Centre for International and Strategic Studies" in Washington last Monday in a speech titled ‘Defining Our Relationship with...

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...

Who is responsible for decline in Pakistan’s economic growth: Oil prices...

News Analysis | In view of the fluctuation in global oil prices, the government on Saturday announced an increase of up to Rs 4 per...

The Abe-Modi summit was really an anti-OBOR summit

Andrew Korybko | The Japanese premier met his Indian counterpart earlier this week during their yearly summit, and while nothing overly noteworthy in and of...

Pakistani businessman’s dreams of “CPEC fortunes” getting frustrated?

Pakistan’s business community is becoming increasingly disillusioned with the CPEC initiative. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was touted to be a once-in-a-generation opportunity for business...

Is Karachi the sixth worst city to live in?

News Analysis | With a grim performance on all the aspects of human development, The Economic Intelligence Unit has unsurprisingly ranked Karachi as the sixth...

The Gulf crisis: Qatar’s 2022 World Cup moves into the firing...

James M. Dorsey | A French investigation into possible corruption in business deals related to Qatar’s winning of World Cup hosting rights moved the 2022 tournament a...

The lie we tell ourselves to justify British rule

M. Usama Khawar | There's a popular narrative that floats around the subcontinent, like a safety net we revert to in times of need, that...

Education in KPK: Government’s steps towards betterment

Miangul Majid Khan | As soon as the PTI-led KP government came into power in 2013, it declared an education emergency in the province. As part...

Will OBOR help China to overcome its economic crisis?

China caught the world’s eyes with its high-profile global forum on the so-called Belt and Road Initiative in Beijing on 14-15 May 2017. The developmental blueprint,...

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