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Third World, pause. Time for an agenda reset

Is there a silver lining to the Covid-19 pandemic? With the global novel coronavirus pandemic affecting the entire world, most regions and countries are looking at the unfolding situation in terms of horrifying scenarios from the public health and economic perspectives. The alternate future scenarios oscillate between bad and worse, depending upon what you read or who you listen to.…

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Build the future, not the past

Business owners longing for things to return quickly to what they were in pre-Covid-19 days may be on the wrong side of history One of the key tasks in developing a business strategy is to identify and separate what is relatively predictable from the fundamentally uncertain. Future scenarios are built by varying the uncertain while keeping the predictable constant. Of…

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Lives versus livelihoods

Some lessons in leadership By now, almost everyone understands the lives vs livelihood dilemma policymakers face throughout the world. The fact that social distancing, or physical distancing to use the recommended term, is a public health requirement to prevent the disease from spreading is at odds with the economic costs we have to pay for this measure.  This is an…

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Addressing The Economic Fallout Of Covid-19 Requires Creative Solutions

Asif Saad analyses the pandemic’s impact on employment in Pakistan and the complexities that policymakers should consider as they deal with a major economic downturn As the days go by, life in the times of coronavirus can seem unending. Even as the pandemic has raised fundamental issues about our priorities, it is important to consider the impact on livelihoods without looking…

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Home sweet home

As the world changes, it pivots and zooms into our homes, which now play a much bigger role in our lives. It would be unwise to predict what will happen to our world as a result of this pandemic. As scientists scramble to find a vaccine in the shortest possible time, many are trying to control the spread of the…

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Getting back to profitability

Is it time to talk about making returns? As various changes brought about by the global Covid-19 pandemic become the new normal, I am going to hazard a guess about business owners, which is that for the last few months most have not thought much about making returns on investments. Their focus has been on survival – and who can…

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Beating a pandemic

What have we gained and lost through the Covid-19 experience? So, we have decided to come out – out of the coronavirus, that is.  We have declared victory over the dreaded disease by determining that cases have dropped to a negligible level, a declaration made with testing at minimal levels, mind you. As we pump our fists and beat our…

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