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Can the government’s flagship Naya Pakistan Housing Program be the answer to Pakistan’s housing woes, or is it a developer-led approach that has already been tried by its predecessors in power?
Banks meet SBP’s housing target by disproportionately lending to own employees
Source: State Bank of Pakistan; MP Analysis
The value of bank employee housing loans is greater than both lending to the entire construction sector, as well as housing loans for the 199 million Pakistanis who are not bank employees.
KSE-100 remained flat as investors booked profits after a short rally. PKR lost value slightly as trade deficit for FY 2021 rose by 34%. Local gold prices continued to fall marginally in line with international prices. KSE-100 rose during the week and then fell slightly as investors booked profits after a short rally. Foreign investors also remained net sellers in the market. PKR lost value slightly as the trade deficit for FY 2021 rose by 34% compared to last year’s low base. This is despite goods’ exports setting record monthly and annual highs. While exports were up 18% from last year’s low base, imports were up 26%, putting pressure on the exchange rate. Local gold prices continued to fall marginally in line with international prices.
Annual change in Sensitive Price Index fell to 13.31% vs. 15.29% last week. Poorest of country (Q1) were disproportionately affected with change of 16.7% .On a weekly basis, prices rose for all quintiles by 0.53%. The annual change in Sensitive Price Index fell to 13.31% vs. 15.29% last week. This was in line with changes in the Consumer Price Index (a measure of inflation), which fell below 10% for the month of June. However, the poorest of the country (Q1) continued to be disproportionately affected with change in prices of 16.70% vs. 12.53% for Q5. On a weekly basis, prices rose for all quintiles by 0.53%.
What Else We’re Reading (Local)
What Else We’re Reading (International)
- The State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) sector in Pakistan is twice as large as the international benchmark, with their liabilities averaging 8-12% of the GDP in recent years (World Bank)
- Arif Habib Dolmen, which created Pakistan’s only Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in 2015, plans to raise PKR 8 billion (USD 51 million) via private placements in two REITs for a housing project in Karachi (Bloomberg)