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PMEX Commodity Index ends 8 points higher

July 08, 2020: On Tuesday at Pakistan Mercantile Exchange Limited, PMEX Commodity Index inched higher by only 8 points to close at 4,467. The traded value of Metals, Energy and COTS/FX was recorded at PKR 9.239 billion and the number of lots traded was 14,012.

The major business was contributed by Gold amounting to PKR 5.982 billion, followed by NSDQ 100 (PKR 893.784 million), Currencies through COTS (PKR 643.603 million), Silver (PKR 456.196 million), Platinum (PKR 355.707 million), Natural Gas (PKR 281.185 million), DJ (PKR 277.505 million), Crude Oil (PKR 229.599 million), SP500 (PKR 83.268 million) and Copper (PKR 36.125 million).

In agriculture commodities, 11 lots of Wheat amounting to PKR 45.548 million, one lot of Corn amounting to PKR 2.943 million and 5 lots of Cotton amounting to PKR 2.627 million were traded.

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European stocks fall further at open

Jul 08, 2020: European stock markets fell further at the start of trading on Wednesday following losses in Asia and on Wall Street.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index shed 0.5 percent at 6,156.95 points, awaiting a UK budget announcement on plans to kick start Britain's economy following devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

In the euro zone, Frankfurt's DAX 30 index lost 0.5 percent to 12,558.07 points and the Paris CAC 40 shed 0.8 percent to 5,005.35.

Global equities had already slid Tuesday on profit-taking following recent strong gains.

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Postal Industry facing numerous challenges due to COVID-19 pandemic:...

Jul 08, 2020: Like so many other industries, the postal industry has faced numerous challenges due to COVID-19 pandemic.

A new report by the Universal Postal Union (UPU), the UN specialized agency for postal matters, titled, “The COVID-19 crisis and the postal sector” shows postal volumes dropping by 21 percent in 2020.

The steep decline is the largest seen by the UPU since it began recording exchanges of electronic data between its 192 member countries in 2010.

“The Post’s relevance has become clearer than ever as citizens reach out to them for essential services as they remain in their homes.

While postal operators around the globe have continued to work diligently for their customers throughout the pandemic, they have also experienced many set-backs caused by the very measures put in place to stop the virus’ spread,” said UPU Director General Bishar A Hussein.

According to the data, which covers the period between January 23 and May 14, international postal volumes decreased by 21 percent in 2020 compared to the same period last year. Only one of every 2.1 items sent are arriving at their destination within the same week, as opposed to 1:1 during normal times.

The report lists transport disruptions, suspensions, capacity shortages and total stoppages, in addition to the impact of the virus on workforce capacity, as major factors blocking the supply chain. It also projects that negative income shocks on households could have a role to play in declining volumes.

Researchers used official postal statistics and indicators constructed from electronic data interchange messages on postal shipments exchanged between countries to paint a picture of the pandemic’s economic impact on the activities of postal operators.

APP

DG Khan Cement wins cement export orders to Philippines

July 08, 2020 (MLN): Advisor for Commerce and Investment of Pakistan, Abdul Razak Dawood has congratulated DG Khan Cement for making a breakthrough in winning orders for export of cement to the Philippines.

Taking to his twitter handle on Wednesday, he said, ‘This follows on their success in China. Exporters should follow this example of extending their market reach across the globe.’

Further, he said that market share will increase once the market reach extends. ‘Increasing geographical diversification is an important part of our strategic trade policy’, he added.

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Japan keen to import Basmati rice, establishing mutual agriculture...

July 08, 2020: Ambassador of Japan Matsuda Kuninori has shown keen interest in developing mutual agricultural research and importing Basmati rice from Pakistan in order to further strengthen bilateral trade between the two countries.

He showed the interest during a meeting with Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam in Islamabad.

They also discussed ways and means to enhance mutual cooperation in different sectors.

Fakhar Imam stressed the need for enhancing mutual cooperation in the transfer of technology from Japan particularly agricultural machinery.

He asked for providing market access to Pakistani citrus in Japan based on historical trade of citrus fruit with China, Russia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Iran.

Matsuda Kuninori mentioned that Pakistani mango was more fragrant and showed interest in the export of Basmati Rice from Pakistan.

Pakistan exported 3847 thousand USD of Basmati Rice last year to Japan.

Radio Pakistan

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