At PIDE webinar, Shakil Durrani says: There is so much patronage in the Power Sector, one part is monetization. The losses in the power sector are huge. As a citizen of Pakistan, it really pains when your circular debt is that high.
Dr. Abdul Jalil (Professor of Economics at PIDE)
Professor Joel Mokyr.
Professor of Economics and History in North-western University. He specializes in economic history, the economics of technological change and the economics of population change.
Industrial Revolution: Why or Why Not?
Why was Industrial Revolution Inevitable? Why did it happen in Europe? Why Not in the Indo-Pak subcontinent? What was the difference, Wisdom, Aptitude or Attitude? Did Institutions Play an Important Role in Happening the Industrial Revolution? Do Elites Matter for the Industrial Revolution, Economy and Institutions? What are the implications for Pakistan?
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Dr. Abdul Jalil (Professor of Economics at PIDE)
Dr. Shehryar Ahmed Khan
PhD English Literature
Assistant Professor Govt Graduate College Attock.
Cultural globalization is an offshoot of Economic globalization. It is the Westernization of world culture through media and other cultural onslaught. Cultural globalization associates sign exchange value to commodities that results in commodification of all aspects of human life and a decline in values and ethics.
Yasir Farooq Sheikh, Corporate Head of Sales, Roomy Hotels Private Limited
Barrister Mansoor Shah, Senior Vice Chairman, Pakistan Hotels Association, Director Samsons Inn Hotel, MJ
Anum Raza, Certified Trainer & HR Consultant, Pearl Continental, Rawalpindi
Qasim Jafri, General Manager, Avari International Hotels
Webinar Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 07:00 PM PST Webinar Moderator: Dr. Nadeem Ul Haque, VC, PIDE
Webinar Speaker: Prof. Mary Mellor, Academic, and Author For Details
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Faraz Talat, Founder and CEO, Cafe Sol / io - The Space, Islamabad
Shumaila Amjad, Part-time Curator & Programs Manager The Second Floor (T2F), Karachi
Vicky Zhuang Yi-Yin, Co-founder and Director Olomopolo Media, Lahore
Mr. Hashim J. Bakht, Finance Minister, Govt. of Punjab
Mr. Zafar Masud, President & CEO, The Bank of Punjab
Mr. Salim Raza, Former SBP, Governor & Member
Mr. Kazim Saeed, Pakistan Agriculture Coalition
Mr. Zafar ul Hassan, Chief Macro, Ministry of Planning
Dr. Abedullah, Chief of Research, PIDE
Mr. Sayem Ali, Chief Economist, The Bank of Punjab
Former Ambassador, Asif Durrani, Former Ambassador of Pakistan to UAE and Iran, Senior research fellow at IPRI.
Brigadier Agha Ahmed Gul, SI(M), Retd, CEO BTTN (Balochistan Think Tank Network).
Major General Muhammad Samrez Salik, HI (M), Retd, Former DG ISSRA National Defense University, Pakistan Army.
Dr. Mir Sadaat Baloch, President Balochistan Council for Peace and Policy.
Jeffery A Stacey, National Security and Development Consultant, Managing Partner, Geopolicity Consulting Group.
Fahd Husain, Resident Editor & Columnist for DAWN NEWS.
Amer Zafar Durrani, CEO, Reenergia and Paidartawanai.
Shehzad Ghias, Comedian & Podcaster
Akbar Chaudry, Comedian & Musician
Younis B. Azeem, Comedian & Writer
Shehrzade Noor, Comedian & Activist
Mavra Bari. Comedian, Sociologist & Writer
Sehar Tariq. Comedian & Feminist
Comedy is a multi-million dollar industry the world over, with artists selling out arenas such as the TMobile, O2, and MGM Grand on a regular basis – events that hundreds of thousands attend to let loose, share a laugh, and just have a good time. In Pakistan, this phenomenon seems to have slowly been pushed out of the mainstream over the years, particularly after the political turmoil of the 1980s. This webinar aims to initiate a discussion on the potential of comedy as a driver of joy, shaper of culture, and catalyst for socioeconomic prosperity – and to debunk myths surrounding the topic, including the notion that those who engage are fools, misfits, heretics, incompetents, etc. Comedy has historically served crucial purposes, including as a tool for challenging the status quo, for bringing definition to societal values and norms, and for creating a platform upon which a variety of arts – including theater, music, film, and storytelling – can all come together to captivate audiences that can forget about their troubles for a while. How can Pakistan facilitate its comedians, especially in a time of disruptive digital media technologies that are reshaping the landscape?
PIDE Social Media Forums:
Kanwar Muhammad Dilshad, Former Secretary, ECP
Sarwar Bari, Spokesperson, FAFEN
Ahmed Bilal Mehboob, President/CEO, PILDAT
Dr. Tariq H. Cheema, Country Representative, Alight Pakistan
Dr. Zahid Majeed, Director Academic Planning, AIOU
Mr. Abid Gill, Deputy Chief Advisor, JICA-AQAL
Mr. Adnan Ahmed, Vice President Content & Fundraising, Teach the World Foundation
Webinar on "Virtualizing Services In Pakistan"
Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 09:00 PM
Faisal Haque, Virtualizing Services by offering Internet for All
Khalid Raza, Network options for Universal
Ahmed Shahid, Using 5G as last mile optionor
Dr Suuhail Chughtai, Deploying Telemedicine in Pakistan
lmran Qureshi, Virtual Education in Pakistan
Moderator: Dr Nadeem Ul Haque, VC, PIDE
Registration Link: https://forms.gle/DBvj5GzMGDd1TWnf9
Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 07:00 PM (PST)
In a significant move, the federal cabinet approved amendments in the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Act in the name of central bank autonomy, price stability and accountability. The benefit of central bank independence is well documented in the literature. However, there is a dire need to evaluate several important questions:
- Why is autonomy so important? Should every institution be autonomous?
- Is Pakistan is prepared for the complete autonomy of the central bank?
- Can only SBP manage inflation given the constraints of the supply side and governance?
- What will be the implications for economic growth?
- What will be the implications for financial stability?
- How will the institution be accountable?
Moderator: Dr Nadeem ul Haque
Chair: Abdul Razak Daood, Adviser for Commerce and Investment, Ministry of Commerce, Government of Pakistan
Ahmed Waqar Qasim, Research Economist, PIDE
Saddam Hussain, Research Economist, PIDE
Gohar Ejaz, Patron-in-Chief, All Pakistan Textile Mills Association
Khadija Malik Bari Assistant Professor, Institute of Business Administration, Islamabad
Aqdas Afzal, Program Director, Social Development & Policy Program, Habib University.
The economic significance of the textile sector in Pakistan is undeniable. The sector contributes around 60% of the export earnings and provides employment opportunities for around 40% of the total labor force. In the textile sector, energy cost is the leading component in terms of conversion cost. Among all the factors that make the textile sector of Pakistan regionally un-competitive, energy tariff is at the core. The recent outshining performance of the textile sector can partially be attributed to the regionally competitive energy tariff (RCET) policy that the government has adopted, since late 2018. The current webinar entails to launch a report prepared by PIDE along with the All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) aims to evaluate how the regionally competitive energy Tariff policy is contributing towards getting the textile sector regionally competitive.
Dr. Nadeem ul Haque (VC PIDE)
Ayesha Razzaque (Educationist/Researcher/Consultant)
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at 11:00 AM (PST)
"Ayesha Razzaque has a doctorate and a Masters degree in Educational Administration from the College of Education, Michigan State University (MSU). She holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from UET Taxila.
Ayesha benefits from 10+ years of experience supporting education development in a variety of social and political contexts, specifically in Pakistan and Afghanistan. She writes, op-ed pieces, regularly for the “The News International” and has been following and writing on the ‘Single National Curriculum’ since 2018."
Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 06:00 PM (PST)
Guest Speaker: Mr. Najam Sethi, Author, Journalist, Political Commentator & Chairman of PSL
Moderator: Dr. Nadeem ul Haq, Vice Chancellor, PIDE
Cricket Leagues have become one of the raging phenomena across the globe. The existing scholarship asserts that such professional leagues provide profitable avenues for players, governments, boards, public and investors. Among the determinants of growth of sports industry are identified public interest, attraction of celebrities, sponsorship of multinational companies and returns on investment. Also, the revenues generated from sports constitute significant determinant of growth of sports industry.
Following this tremendous growth in the sports industry on global front, cricket leagues are turning into more institutionalized and professionalized avenues for economic growth. Pakistan Super League (PSL) is the most visible manifestation of interest in the cricket league in the country. Set against the backdrop of burgeoning sports industry (with a focus on cricket leagues) as an avenue for generating growth, economic value and employment in Pakistan, the current webinar entails to:
- Understand current issues and challenges faced by the sports industry of Pakistan.
- Explain how sports industry of Pakistan can generate income and employment opportunities in the country.
- Understand the structure and dynamic of cricket market in Pakistan.
- Understand PSL as an opportunity for income generation and employment creation in Pakistan.
Monday, March 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM (PST)
Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Protection and Poverty Alleviation and Chairperson BISP.
Dr. Nadeem Ul Haq, VC, PIDE
- Faisal Rifaq, CEO at Sehat Sahulat Program, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination
- Shabnam Sarfraz, Member Social Sector, Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiative, Government of Pakistan
- Mahmood Khalid, Health Economist, PIDE
- Sara Rizvi Jafree, Assistant Professor, Forman Christian College, Lahore
Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination (NHSRC), Government of Pakistan, in alliance with Provincial Governments initiated a healthcare intervention titled the Sehat Sahulat Program. The objective of this program is to lead a path towards Universal Health Coverage in Pakistan and to grant easier access and free-of-cost healthcare services to the poor. The program, implemented in 91 districts of the country, includes Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azad Jamu and Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan, Islamabad Capital Territory, Newly Merged Districts of KP and District Tharparkar, Sindh. The program also claims to cover 9 million families. The program’s horizon is extended to include individuals with disability and transgender persons registered in NADRA and has special CNICs.
In the wake of examining the efficacy of this program, PIDE intends to conduct a webinar based on following objectives:
- To examine the structure and dynamic of Sehat Sahulat Program.
- To understand the methodology for the identification of the poor and vulnerably poor.
- To analyze the outreach and efficacy in terms of delivering the deliverables (program’s objectives).
- To evaluate the impact of program in the light of program’s objectives
- To specify the challenges of the program and its sustainability with respect to the program’s objectives and results.
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 07:00 PM (PST)
Dr. Nadeem ul Haque (VC PIDE)
Ms. Anum Malkani, Director Policy Advisory, Centre for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP)
Mr. Asad Beyg, Executive Director/Founder, Media Matters for Democracy & Media Lab
Mr. Aftab Alam, Media Law Specialist & Policy Expert
Mr. Bilal Gilani, Executive Director, Gallup Pakistan
Dr Huma Baqai, Media Analyst &Anchorperson
Media plays a critical role as opinion-shaper in Pakistan. The burgeoning forms of media in the form of electronic, print, and social media, shape national narratives about politics, society and culture. Also, with respect to economy, the role is becoming more pronounced when factors such as commercialization, advertisements, political economy, TRPs, media as an avenue for culture industry, and digitization are brought into light. In the light of this debate, the current webinar is an attempt to:
1. Understand Pakistan’s media economy (Media industry numbers in revenue, Media measurement tools in the past and in present and what media generally covers?)
2. Explain functional regulatory and legal frameworks of media economy in Pakistan.
3. Articulate if Pakistan’s media content, especially televised contents reflective of socio-economic and political realities prevalent in the country, or not.
4. Reflect on the quantity vs. quality control of electronic media in Pakistan.
5. Decipher if there is political economy dimension through which media economy can be understood.
6. Understand the process entailing TRPs of televised contents in Pakistan.
7. Respond to a question, “Is media economy politicized in Pakistan?”