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.

Business Recorder

Published Date: Feb 24, 2014

Integrated approach to productive sectors top priority: Ahsan

Federal Minster for Planning, Development and
Reforms said on Monday a holistic and integrated approach to productive
economic sectors and their predicaments was the government’s top
priority.

A stable macroeconomic environment
supplemented by important structural reforms should sustain economic
growth, which ultimately should be led by the private sector of
Pakistan, he said.

Ahsan Iqbal was speaking at a
seminar on Economic Policies for Inclusive and Sustainable Development
in South Asia, organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute
and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Pakistan.

Advisor
to the Prime Minister Sartaj Aziz, who also addressed the seminar,
expressed the need for fostering greater regional cooperation in South
Asia.

The reforms should focus on an integrated
energy reform, modernization of infrastructure, indigenous resource
mobilization, investments in human and social capital, and institutional
reforms for governance, he added.

The minister
expressed the government’s willingness to expand regional cooperation
with all the neighbouring economies, including China, India and
Afghanistan.

He observed that while structural
reforms were needed in the country’s domestic economy, there was also a
need for more open and inclusive policies so as to ensure sustained
growth.

Abid Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI
remarked that with the slowing down of economic growth in the Western
world as well as in China, the most important challenge for policy
makers in South Asia was to kick start a robust growth process and
sustain it in a manner that did not harm natural and human resources.

In
this regards, he said, it was very important that the political
leadership assumed a stronger coordination role. The complex political
economy required deeper coordination between sectoral policies such as
agriculture and industrial policies. These sectoral policies should then
be syncronized with inclusive macroeconomic policies including fiscal
and trade policies

Earlier during the day, Hafiz
Pasha, former Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs, expressed that
South Asian economies now faced an immediate need for increase in
regional trade, particularly in the context of declining export markets
in the global economy.

He was speaking at a meeting of experts on Economy of Tomorrow (EoT).

He
said that while the International Monetary Fund disbursed a huge amount
for the rescue of Greece, the multilateral agency allowed a much lesser
amount for Pakistan and that too with a number of stringent
conditionalities.

Briefing about the EoT
project, Philipp Kauppert, Resident Director of the FES, said that the
project seeks to focus on how an inclusive and sustainable model for
economic growth can be adopted and implemented as global economic
paradigms change.