The rich in Pakistan continually avoid paying tax, leaving the government to depend on aid from other countries. Officials have developed an expertise in running the country on loans and donations.Monday, 24 December, 2012, 5:12am
The mainland's trade surplus this year is likely to exceed that of last year, making it tougher for the government to balance trade and avoid friction with trading partners.
Ministry of Commerce spokesman Shen Danyang said yesterday that a higher trade surplus was probable as imports were expected to weaken more than exports.18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am
Shanghai's economy will continue to slow this year as the municipality targets 8 per cent growth amid weaker external demand and continued curbs on the property sector.
The city's gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 8.2 per cent last year, one of the slowest-growing provincial-level regions in the nation, Shanghai's statistics bureau said.21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am
The news on both sides of the Atlantic has been challenging of late, to put it mildly. In the Old World, more and more governments have struggled with growing deficits. For the moment, the Greek funding crisis has been defused. But Europe is clearly not quite out of the woods yet. In the New World, politicians grappled for weeks about the debt ceiling before finding a last-minute compromise.4 Aug 2011 - 12:00am
Inbound foreign direct investment on the mainland fell in 2009 for the first time in four years as foreign companies tightened their belts owing to the global financial crisis.
The country attracted US$90 billion from foreign firms investing in its factories and other assets last year, 2.6 per cent less than in 2008, the Commerce Ministry said yesterday.16 Jan 2010 - 12:00am
Foreign direct investment on the mainland grew on a year-on-year basis last month for the first time in 11 months, aiding government efforts to revive the economy.
But the Ministry of Commerce said the single-month rise did not necessarily signal a recovery in overall investment.16 Sep 2009 - 12:00am
Export growth lifts figure to US$13.4b
The mainland's trade surplus rebounded to US$13.4 billion last month on the back of strong export growth, quelling fears that weakening demand in the United States and Europe would derail the country's export juggernaut.12 Apr 2008 - 12:00am
It is strange how news that China's trade surplus expanded to a record US$262 billion last year is being hailed as evidence that Beijing is finally getting the mainland's runaway economy under control.14 Jan 2008 - 12:00am
With elections looming, the people of Pakistan are determined to triumph over adversity and continue with successful economic reforms
As the war against terrorism unfolds, the world has seen Pakistan suffer heavily. It would therefore surprise many outside the country to learn how upbeat about the future the nation's leaders and people are.14 Aug 2007 - 12:00am
The mainland received its highest ever debt rating from Moody's Investors Service yesterday, as the agency joined Standard & Poor's, the Asian Development Bank and the International Monetary Fund in making increasingly bullish projections for the supercharged economy.27 Jul 2007 - 12:00am