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Our manufacturing opportunity

How Pakistani producers must redefine opportunity and create new markets. For the last 5 months, I have undertaken the arduous task of renovating my home. Much to the discomfort of family members, I have rather foolishly persisted with the endeavour. Although it is difficult to foresee success in this adventure, at least not to the satisfaction of my wife and my mother, I have managed to gain some knowledge about the building sector in Pakistan. The main insights have sadly been about the complete absence from the market of locally manufactured products used in the finishing of homes and buildings.
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Why can’t we compete in global markets?

More than anything else, our main disadvantage is incompatible and poor management skills Why are Pakistani businesses unable to compete in the global markets? What is it that inhibits them from breaking through overseas? As our exports continue to decline, the commonly heard responses to these questions from the private sector are lack of government support, expensive inputs, energy shortages and a slowdown in global markets amongst many others. On the other hand, the government blames past policies including currency overvaluation, limited product range and underinvestment by the industry. While none of these are entirely incorrect, I would like to
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The meaning of culture

Can developing admirable cultures be an opportunity for our organizations? “I came to see during my time at IBM that culture is not just one aspect of the game, it is the game. In the end, an organization is nothing more than the collective capacity of its people to create value.” These are strong words expressed by Louis Gerstner, the transformational CEO of IBM in the 1990s. We commonly refer to culture as something which sets apart any organization, a business, a nonprofit, governments, communities, and even political parties have unique cultures. But what is culture anyway? What do we
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The real accountability

Using data to judge performance for service delivery is the much needed real accountability. Accountability is a damaged word in Pakistan. Recent rains in Karachi brought out various aspects of public service delivery in this large city and people clamoured for accountability of various organisations involved with service delivery. The voices raised against the government and other service organisations have mainly been hysterical cries of anguish. While the frustration is easy to understand, some of us would like to use the opportunity to see how reform can take place to improve the situation in the coming days. Public service is
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