【Daily】27 Sept. Brief of Pakistan BizNews

By Staff Reporter | Gwadar Pro Sep 27, 2021

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KASB Market View

·         Pakistan’s market has been witnessing considerable downside pressure because of concerns of external account imbalances. Investors believe the economy will likely be cooled off through interest rate hikes and import duties.

·         The automobile sector was the first industry to come under scrutiny as the government is expected to enhance import duties and increase taxation. Moreover, the SBP has already added restrictions on car financing to slow down vehicle growth and alleviate the import bill.

·         All eyes will be on the upcoming staff-level talks with the IMF for the resumption of the IMF program. Attached conditions for the program would likely include power tariff hikes and increased taxation.

·         Rising oil prices are expected to exacerbate external account and inflationary concerns. The domestic E&P sector, however, exhibits low correlation with global oil prices because of the circular debt.

National News


Rising CAD a big concern: RD will be imposed on EVs, raised on other imported cars

Worried with sudden increase in Current Account Deficit (CAD), the government has decided to impose regulatory duty on electric vehicles and increase on other imported vehicles, well-informed sources told Business Recorder.



Proposal floated to shut 3 refineries

The partial approval of refinery policy is followed by another controversy in the sector as the chairman of Expert Group on Petroleum has suggested to the government to shut down three refineries, namely Pakistan Refinery, National Refinery and Byco Petroleum.



Paris Club extends Pakistan’s debt payment deadline

The Paris Club of creditor countries said on Friday it was giving Pakistan another extension to service its debt so that it can dedicate its resources to combating the Covid-19 pandemic.



PSO chief eyes 50pc market share in petrol, diesel soon

Pakistan State Oil (PSO) Managing Director Syed Taha has said he’s actively trying to bring the focus of the company’s sales efforts back to the retail segment.



Pakistan seeks trade deals with Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman

Pakistan will pursue individual trade deals with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, Abdul Razak Dawood said on Sunday, as talks with the Gulf Cooperation Council remain stalled.



Power projects: Banks are put off financing by rising circular debt

The country's commercial banks have reportedly refused to finance power projects due to historic energy sector circular debt, which has reached Rs2.327 trillion as of August 31, 2021.



Govt to intervene in market to reduce food prices: Tarin

At a time when inflation is hitting all segments of society, Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin says the government has decided to intervene in the market to partially reduce prices of essential food items, including sugar, flour and pulses.



Cash margin for LC opening to go up

Rising pressure of import bill is expected to increase the cash margin for opening Letter of Credit (L/C) for imports soon, said sources in the banking sector.



Kapco seeks renewal of power generation licence

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) has provisionally allowed Kot Addu Power Company (Kapco) to keep producing and supplying electricity to the national grid until the regulator arrives at a final decision whether to renew the company’s power generation licence.



NEPRA approves IGCEP 2021-30, envisions RE share of 60 percent

NEPRA has approved the first ever Indicative Generation Capacity Expansion Plan 2021-30 (IGCEP-2021) under provisions of the National Transmission & Despatch Company (NTDC) grid code, and envisions increasing renewable energy share in total mix to 60 percent.



Urea demand rises 13pc in August

The country’s urea demand grew by nine per cent in 8MCY21 to 4.169 million tonnes from 3.814m tonnes in the same period last calendar year, while August production posted a growth of 13pc to 649,000 tonnes from 573,000 tonnes in August 2020.



SBP orders banks to report FX requirements of $500,000 and above for overseas purchases

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) issued new regulations, requiring banks to report $500,000 and above future foreign currency requirements for overseas buying, apparently in a move to step up monitoring of money flows and to make rupee less volatile.



ECNEC gives go-ahead to Rs20.715bln infrastructure projects for KCR

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on Friday approved infrastructure for elimination of level crossings for the loop section of Karachi Circular Railway (KCR).



LNG terminal to suspend gas supply

Pakistan’s industrial, commercial and household customers were set to face partial suspension of gas supplies from Saturday in the wake of emergency shutdown of Pakistan GasPort LNG import terminal for repair and maintenance.



Guaranteed sum for depositors increased to Rs500,000

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Friday announced that the Deposit Protection Corporation (DPC) has increased the guaranteed amount for all eligible depositors of banks from Rs250,000 to Rs500,000.



Steel rebar prices soar again

Steel rebar prices have continued to rise owing to depreciation of Pakistani rupee coupled with increase in energy tariffs.





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