September 18, 2020 (MLN): The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) conducted an Open Market Operation on Friday in which it injected Rs.950.00 Billion into the market for 7 Days.
|Tenor||Type||Offered||Accepted||High - Low||Accepted||Offered||Accepted|
|7D||Reverse Repo (Injection)||950.000||950.000||7.09 - 7.02||7.02||22||22|
|OMO Settlement: same day September 18, 2020|
|*Amount in Billions|
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September 18, 2020: President Dr. Arif Alvi says the government is committed to enhance and promote the country's exports by removing all the obstacles.
He expressed these views while addressing the ceremony of Lahore Chamber Export Trophy 2020, in Islamabad on Thursday.
The President stressed the need for utilizing Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence in the agriculture sector to increase the agricultural yield.
He said diversification of exports and value addition in the crops are of vital importance.
He said honesty, ethics, and morality are imperative to provide a boost to the trade-related activities in the country.
He said investment in the IT sector is very essential to achieve the goals of the country's fast-paced development. The President said we will also have to bring the industry and academia together.
The President said the IT sector is the best sector, where the women have the opportunity to work from home and excel in their lives.
He said peace in Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan, which will definitely prove helpful in enhancing the country's exports as well.
September 18, 2020: Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed all provinces to introduce an online system easy to use and provide all possible facilities to the consumers related to the construction sector.
Addressing the weekly meeting of the National Coordination Committee for Housing, Construction, and Development in Islamabad on Thursday, he expressed satisfaction over the efforts made to facilitate the system for those involved in the construction sector.
The Prime Minister directed Chief Secretaries to pay special attention to the eradication of Patwari and corruption culture and the introduction of digitization in land transfer and other issues.
In view of the unplanned growing population in Karachi, the Prime Minister directed that special attention should be paid to formulate the master plan for the Quaid's city in the shortest possible time.
Addressing the business community, the Prime Minister said the government is committed to addressing every issue facing by the community on a priority basis. He said that suggestions of people associated with the construction sector will be welcomed.
September 18, 2020: Prime Minister Imran Khan has approved the establishment of three markets along Pak-Afghan and Pak-Iran borders as a pilot project.
The approval was given in a high-level meeting on the establishment of border markets in Pak-Afghan and Pak-Iran border areas in Islamabad on Thursday with the Prime Minister in the chair.
The markets, two in Balochistan and one in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be completed and activated by February next year.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said these markets will provide better business and trade opportunities to the people living along with the border areas.
September 18, 2020 (MLN): Norway emerged as the largest investor in Pakistan in August 2020, with a total direct investment of $45 million, followed by the Netherlands and Malta who invested $21.3 million and $18.5 million respectively, according to SBP data issued.
Cumulatively, during July-August FY21, Norway, Netherlands and Malta appeared as the top three investors in Pakistan with net FDI of $45 million, $39.6 million and $37 million respectively.
The FDI from Norway and Netherland were significantly higher in July-August FY21, compared to the inflows of $0.1 million and $3.7 million in the same period of FY20.
On the other hand, China which has been the largest investor in Pakistan for the past several years, withdrew $36.7 million during Jul-Aug FY21 against the inflows of $43.4 million.
Other important investors were the UK, Hongkong and US with a net FDI of $18.6 million, $15.6 million and $14.9 million respectively. The Inflows from UK and Hongkong surged by 7% and 240% compared to Jul-Aug FY20 while the inflows from US recorded a decline of 28% in 2MFY21.
Moreover, Foreign Portfolio Investment (FPI), which represents an investment in the equity market shown a negative picture, as net FPI outflows during the period under review stood at $16.5 million. The US emerged as the biggest withdrawal of portfolio investment during the month, as it withdrew $53.3 million during 2MFY21, followed by the UK with $51.4 million.
UAE appeared as the largest contributor in portfolio investment with $37.7 million.
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