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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.

Fahad Shabbir

Urdu point Lahore

Published Date: Apr 24, 2019

Hashim Jawan Bakht Hints At Bahimmat Social Protection Scheme For Senior Citizens

Provincial Finance Minister Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht Tuesday disclosed the Punjab government would launch Bahimmat Social Protection Scheme in an effort to provide social security and protection to the senior citizens of age 65 and above.
Speaking at a pre-budget consultation and launching of a book titled: ‘Growth & Inequality in Pakistan’ organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) at a local hotel, he added that social protection programmes should be large part of medium and long term economic frameworks.
The Provincial Finance Minister vowed that in the forthcoming budget, the Punjab government would take care of marginalized segments of the society by allocating more resources in social protection funds.
“We are also looking for out of the box solutions, such as materializing the public private partnership to help improve the governance and resource mobilization.” He said there were some structural changes on expenditure side of the budget such sticky expenditures of pensions, which swelled significantly and dictating our revenue allocations. During last seven years, he mentioned, there were around Rs 2,048 billion of PSDP (Public Sector Development Programme) spent in the whole Punjab, out of Rs 1,048 billion spent on Lahore alone and Rs 1,000 billion on rest of the province, which created the regional inequalities.
“We have to unlock our dead investment, which is land, and should rationally utilize this crucial resource. The future is digital and digitization of the economy is the way forward for growth and development,” he remarked.
Dr. Hafiz A. Pasha, renowned economist and former finance minister call upon the government for equal tax treatment for all citizens and no special groups should be given tax exemptions. He said only a broad base political consensus on economy could help the government to get out of economic quagmire, where all major political parties could agreed upon the common reforms agenda.
He was of the view that elite class enjoying extraordinary privileges within the legal framework of the country were largely responsible for current chaotic economic situation. The quantum of the cost of state captured elite was whopping Rs 2,000 billion, which could be used for social protection and well being of the marginal and poor people, he added.Source: