by Dr. Shahid Mahmud
The author is Chairman and CEO of the Interactive Group

Harking back into history, the vast Eurasian geographical region has witnessed the development of several trading routes, linkages and bonds which have promoted regional connectivity. Such trade routes need to be broadly defined as being harbingers of political, security, mercantile, cultural and natural universes, where they act as both knowledge corridors, as well as pivotal routes for cross cultural contact. Due to the multidimensional nature of the Eurasian routes, many communities, with diverse ethnic lineages, managed to prosper from increased knowledge, cultural contact, as well as trading routes.

by Amer Zafar Durrani
The author is CEO of Reenergia and Secur Global, and a former World Bank Infrastructure Specialist

Smart cities are not created, but rather, they become smart on demand; and I think that this distinction is crucial. It is unwarranted to entertain the idea that one can create a smart city from scratch in the middle of nowhere - even if it is on a possible trade corridor, such as the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Purpose-built cities have short lives, as when its purpose fades, the city dies. Cities live because of their diversity of purposes - call them outputs - and unity of their ‘citizenry’ around social and economic security. Cities develop naturally; a city develops its ‘character’ which then characterises its demand and demand patterns. It is these demand patterns, their associated supplied services, and their clusters that are then supported by modern information and communication technology-enabled solutions. This creates a smart city.

by Omer Zaheer Meer
The author is Managing Partner of Millennium Law & Corporate Company and Director of the think-tank “Millat Thinkers’ Forum”.

The recent developments in the Federal Budget, and later on in the Finance Act 2016, regarding immovable property shook the realty sector within Pakistan, which was taken by surprise. Taxation is not just a mean to fund a Government but also a policy tool to impact the national economy, social behaviors, trends and developing institutions. Unfortunately, in Pakistan the impetus has mostly been on using taxation for filling up the coffers of treasury with seriously negative consequences.

by Hsin-Kang Chang

As if they wanted to play games with us, the early residents of the Indus River Valley who created a brilliant civilisation 5000 years ago, and were sophisticated in many aspects, have left no clues as to who they were, where they came from and with whom they had the most contact.

by Dr. Ashfaque H. Khan
The author is Principal and Dean of NUST School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Islamabad

Until 1978, China barely existed in the  global economy. Its growth experience remained modest and unnoticed by the global economic powers. After 1978, China cautiously opened its economy, grew at an unprecedented pace and transformed itself from a poor and inward looking economy into a modern, industrial and one of the stronger economies of the world.

by  Amer Hashmi

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