Asset 1

Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

Our Correspondent

The News International

Published Date: Jun 13, 2020

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/671794-better-business-regulatory-environment-sought-for-smes

Better business regulatory environment sought for SMEs

Islamabad : The business regulatory environment for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) needs to be improved through appropriate measures to enable them to cope with the unprecedented challenges posed by coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The notion was shared by stakeholders during an online dialogue organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here.

The participants said measures were required beyond the short-term relief, which could be announced in the 2020-21 Federal Budget and take a medium- to long-term view of difficulties faced by small enterprises.

Mukesh Kumar, head of SMEDA, Sindh, said as the ways of doing business are changing fast as a result of COVID-19, we need to come up with the responses that may meet the requirements of the diverse kinds of enterprises. He said some micro and small businesses may be in need of loans but for others we may need to give one-off grants to help them stand back on their feet.

Dr Vaqar Ahmed, Joint Executive Director, SDPI, while sharing the latest research conducted by his institute, said around 1.4 million SMEs may face 50% decline in their income and three million SMEs in Pakistan may need assistance in after COVID-19 scenario. He said almost 9.5 million of non-agricultural jobs were at risk due to pandemic.

According to another research, Dr Vaqar said, 58% SMEs had already laid off employees, whereas 47% had reduced employee salaries. Besides, women-led enterprises have also reported 61% reduction in their revenue forecast for April–June 2020.

” Dr Vaqar said the regulatory modernisation initiative could help reduce the number of regulatory steps and costs faced by businesses.

Amir Qureshi, representing Habib Bank Limited (HBL), highlighted that the banks will need to develop non-conventional ways of evaluating risks and improve delivery of refinance schemes.