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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.

Zaheer Abbasi

Business Recorder

Published Date: Mar 12, 2015

BIT with US only if it’s in country’s interest: Dastgir

Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir said Wednesday that the government
would not sign Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT) with US unless it feels
that it is in the best interest of the country. Talking to media after
report launch on ‘multiple inequalities and policies to mitigate
inequality traps in Pakistan’ Oxfam-LUMS, Khurram Dastgir acknowledged
the veracity of the statement by US Secretary Commerce of State that
bureaucratic hurdles and taxation issues are barriers to attracting
foreign investment.

The minister said her comments were not new to him as the
government has been pointing out that red-tapism and taxation issues are
considered as obstacles by foreign investors. He said the government
has been trying to deal with these challenges. Responding to a question
about operation conducted by rangers at Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)
headquarters, he said that there is unanimity of views among all
political parties against criminal elements. He added that if any
illegal or criminal activity is carried out under the flag of any
political party, law enforcement agencies will act. Dastgir added that
the government was being criticised from various quarters for not coming
down with heavy hand against criminal elements in Karachi.

Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Dastgir said the government
is trying to pursue evidence based research in framing national economic
policies but the dilemma is that most of us are not fully aware of our
economy. He said that a range of actions are required to be taken by the
government to reduce the prevalent inequality in the society. The
minister also referred to commercial activities in big cities of the
country but the potential taxpayers could not be brought under the tax
net due to lack of documentation. The minister said the government has
tasked the Tax Reform Commission to suggest measures to address
disparity in tax and indirect taxes. Dastgir said the country’s economic
model has been developed in such a way that it does not allow for
broadening of tax base.

Other speakers said the country’s fight against poverty is at
risk due to persistence of inequalities at multiple levels as pointed
out by a study. The research noted the causes of inequality ranging from
lack of access to healthcare and education, unequal distribution and
access to land and capital. Unjust policies including unfair taxation,
low spending on social protection and services has fuelled inequality,
the study concluded.

Consumption share of the richest 20 percent population was more
than five times the share of poorest 20 percent population in the year
2011-12, the study further revealed. The report added that “in terms of
intra-provincial inequality, Sindh is the most unequal province in
Pakistan with highest Gini index – which means the divide between rich
and poor in Sindh has widened – followed by Punjab, while Khyber
Pakhtunkhawa and Balochistan have the lowest levels of inequality. The
level of urban inequality is considerably higher than rural inequality
which indicates that urban prosperity is not equally shared.”