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COVER STORY

AVIATION: SKY IS NOT THE LIMIT...

Dec 16 - Dec 22, 2002   
ISSUE # 50  

Pakistani aviation industry is slowly coming out of the shadows of the worst crisis that has it ever globally. There are encouraging signs- the ongoing fleet-replacement programme of the national carrier PIA, the talks of inducting additional aircraft by the private Shaheen Air International. In addition, the Civil Aviation Authority has also regained the business of the foreign airlines many of which closed operations earlier this year.


 

ELECTRICITY
The federal cabinet has slashed power rates by 12 Paisa per unit both for commercial and domestic consumers with a promise to bring down prices of other essential items also. It is a welcome step on the part of the government, yet the killing effect in the electricity bills is the levy of Additional Surcharge which multiplies the electricity charges at least by three times. It is imperative to do away with the Additional Surcharge on power consumption, which is said to have crippling effects on the kitchen budget especially of the poor.

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MADE IN PAKISTAN
Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) has prepared a concept paper on development of a brand culture in Pakistan's exports. In the absence of brand names and Made in Pakistan label on the products, the exporters are not getting the actual return on their products and also missing the goodwill as a producer of quality products which offer a base for economic growth of any country.

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