The author develops a broad strategy for the development of the private sector on the basis of an analytical review of the broad range of constraints and opportunities confronting the private sector in Pakistan.
The analysis is set in the context of a profile of the private sector and a discussion of government policies during the 1990s that impacted its environment.
The book describes private sector activities to highlight the diverse nature and size of activities requiring a variety of different supporting policies.
To place economic performance in proper perspective, it describes the range of reforms undertaken by the government to support the private sector in the financial sector, fiscal area, export promotion, investment, privatization, and the foreign exchange regime.
The reform process carries costs in the short-term apart from those associated with poor sequencing or deficient design. The author also analyses the macroeconomic constraints and discusses the lack of consistency in sectoral policies, deficiencies in incentive policies, the continuing problems in agriculture and the remaining agenda in the financial sector.
The author of this book has had rich experience of both life in a developing country and the attempts to build up, in today’s world, a coherent form of cooperation between the member nations of the United Nations. As the Vice-President of the United Nations Development Planning Committee he showed the wisdom of the experienced expert.
In two parts he gives (i) a picture of how Pakistan has fared since liberation and what the objectives of the five Five-Year Plans of her successive governments were in that period as well as how policies worked out (ii) an alternative development strategy which he recommends on the basis of the lessons learned. The book gives Mr. Qureshi’s view and builds upon a common Pakistan — Dutch technical cooperation project.
When confronted with the world’s, and Pakistan’s, problems we should not overlook the fact that developing countries are not the only ones facing problems. Developed market economies have just experienced how difficult it is to avoid inflation and mass unemployment. Centrally planned economies have found that they are unable to solve all their problems from one centre. In fact, nations are searching for the optimal combination of centralization and decentralization, a way of combining larger well-being with a clean environment — to touch upon only some main topics.
This book constitutes an eloquent attempt to illustrate possibilities to find such an optimum, with Pakistan as its concrete example.
This book contains the results of a series of studies undertaken in Baldia Township, Karachi. The first chapter summarizes theoretical issues as, for example, the question of the displacement of people as a possible side-effect of legalization and upgrading of settlements. Chapter two describes Karachi’s main features, its housing problem and government housing policies. The third chapter places Baldia in perspective and the project’s scope of activities. Chapters four and five present and analyse the main findings of the survey, touching on demographic aspects, housing and services and the project’s financial consequences for the inhabitants of Baldia. The last chapters present the main conclusions and recommendations of the project. ISBN: 9694020123 Publisher: VANGUARD BOOKS