First woman takes over as SBP chief

The first woman ever to be appointed as the governor of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) took up her position on Monday 2 January.

Shamshad Akhtar, formerly a senior official at the Asian Development Bank, was named in December as the 14th governor of the State Bank of Pakistan since its inception in July 1948.

"She brings rich experience, both national and international, to her new assignment," the bank said in a statement.

A Fulbright scholar at Harvard and visiting fellow at the university's

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