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National Symposium on State of the Economy

Sep 13

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Marriot Hotel, CBR Hall, Islamabad


Recent data and studies indicate towards short term difficulties for Pakistan’s economy. This is manifest in the increasing size of the twin deficits – the current account deficit and the fiscal deficits. Macroeconomic imbalances, if not addressed in time, can also put the newfound economic growth in danger and could threaten the prospects of longer term sustainable development in the country. Weaknesses in resource mobilization and government expenditure management could also put human development goals at risk. In view of the above mentioned, SDPI in collaboration with BNU has planned National Symposium on State of the Economy to discuss the current state, challenges and possible scenarios for the future.


2:00 pm

and getting together

2:30 pm


Opening Session

Introduction to the programme and
speakers: Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, SDPI

Remarks by
Moderator: Dr. Abid Q. Suleri, Executive Director SDPI


Welcome Remarks


Mr. Shahid H.
Kardar, Vice Chancellor Beaconhouse National University (BNU)

3:00 pm

Presentation of Report

      Dr. Hafeez A.
Pasha, Former Finance Minister and Professor BNU – Fiscal Issues

      Shahid H.
Kardar, Vice Chancellor- BNU – Balance of Payment Issues


Open Discussion

4:30 pm


Remarks by

Sartaj Aziz, Former Minister & Deputy
Chairman Planning Commission

4:50 pm

Vote of thanks

5:00 pm


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