the Budget for the financial year 2001-2002 has been termed mostly
sector neutral, efforts to balance tax collection and expenditures is
expected to pave way to qualify for PRGF arrangement with the IMF. The
policies persued so far have helped in restoring Pakistan's
credibility with the international financial institutions. The sector
specific policies will play a key role in determining quantum of fresh
investment, broadening manufacturing base and achieving higher GDP
REPORT - OIL IMPORT
1st of July 2001 the import and pricing of fuel oil and high
speed-diesel will be looked after by the private sector in Pakistan.
It is however yet to be seen how the decision of deregulation goes to
the benefit of the consumers. The price of electricity and POL
products may not come down in Pakistan unless the consumers are given
some relief from heavy taxes imposed by the government on electricity
and oil consumption.
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