Feb 10 - 23, 2003   
ISSUE # 06- 07  

The use of mobile phone has depicted a sharp growth in Pakistan, last two years. Last year it depicted a hundred per cent growth pushing the number of connections to 1.8 million. Despite the sharp growth the mobile phone penetration in the country still remains much too low. However, the growth does highlight the potential for growth of mobile phones particularly with the induction of two more operators with the planned deregulation of the PTCL. PAGE highlights the benefits of developing a dependable and reliable infrastructure not only for voice but also for data to accommodate growing demand for value-added services.





The Karachi Port Trust (KPT) has initiated to set up a desalination plant in collaboration with a US Company. The plant will produce 25 MGD of potable water from sea waters. It is the first desalination plant and expected to provide relief to water deficient city of Karachi. This would encourage more desalination plants not only in Karachi but also alongside the Balochistan coast where the thirsty virgin lands are waiting for a drop of water.


The two leading urea manufacturing companies have posted good results for the year 2002. The point of concern is that in the absence of further addition in installed capacity the country will once again become a net importer of urea, DAP demand is already being met through imports.