CBER hosts Round Table on SME Financing Oct 12, 2019: The Center for Business and Economic Research held the second Coffee@CBER session on October 12th 2019 at IBA, Karachi.
SME financing: issues, challenges and future prospects The CBER held the second Coffee@CBER session on 12th October 2019 at IBA, Karachi.
Ants, elephants, and SME finance Access to affordable finance has long been labelled as one of the key obstacles to SME growth in Pakistan.
IBA-SBP Consumer Confidence Survey
Overall Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) decreased by 18.9%, whereas Overall Inflation Expectations increased 5.0% compared to the previous survey conducted in March 2019. The decrease in CCI can be attributed to deterioration in both, the current economic conditions index (CEC) and the expected economic conditions index (EEC), which recorded decrease of 18.9% from their values in the previous survey. The survey data shows that people expect a rise in inflation in all areas (General, Food, Energy, and NFNE Inflation) compared to the last wave in March 2019.
IBA-SBP Business Confidence Survey
The overall business confidence in April 2019 declined to red zone, which shows predominance of pessimistic views of business community about the economy (Figure 1). It indicates that positive views regarding business and economic conditions prevailing in February 2019 have changed to negative over the period.