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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.

Mubarak Zeb Khan

Dawn

Published Date: Dec 9, 2015

Pakistan, India must cooperate for regional prosperity

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and India can bring peace and prosperity in the region by cooperating with each other in trade and other fields, said Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday.
His remarks came at the 18th Sustainable Development Conference organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) under the theme ‘Securing Peace and Prosperity’.
A collective vision of South Asia should be promoted to fight poverty, illiteracy, unemployment and terrorism, the minister said.
He touched upon his Vision-2025 for Pakistan and said that the milestones set in the policy could only be achieved through regional cooperation and integration.
“Our government is working in close collaboration with provincial governments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” he said.
About regional cooperation, he said the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would bear fruits for all neighbouring countries.
On the occasion, many speakers said that CPEC needs to be transformed into economic opportunities and pointed out the barriers to regional and transit trade in the region.
Executive Director of Bangladesh’s Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dr Mustafizur Rahman pointed out the failure of translating transport corridors into development corridors.
“Transport cost for trade between South Asian and European countries is higher than the transport costs for trade within South Asian states,” he said.
MNA Naveed Qamar of Pakistan People’s Party highlighted the lack of push factor in business communities and civil society in South Asian countries to urge their respective governments for eradicating logistic barriers to cross-border trade.
Ajith Wattuhewa, President Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry Sri Lanka, said that there was a need to improve the flow of Cross Border Freight (CBF) for a sustainable transportation system. He emphasised the need to initiate political dialogues to solve the issues.
Senior Fellow at Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Bangladesh, Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya said that South Asia needs to build a trust fund to cope with trade, investment and human vulnerabilities. He also proposed to devise regional monitoring mechanisms to give necessary technical advice to the region.
He said both the soft and hard options should also be considered by the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc).
On sustainable development agenda, former finance minister Dr Hafeez Pasha said Pakistan performed worst and was ranked sixth in South Asia on Millennium Development Goals while Nepal and Bhutan performed exceptionally well in this regard.
Head of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, India Dr Nagesh Kumar said that SDGs might be the last chance for South Asia to tackle hunger and poverty Director-General of India’s Research and Information System, Dr Sachin Chaturvedi said as Asia moves towards SDGs, the sharing of technology is extremely important for better data monitoring and accountability.
He stressed the need for research institutes and the community to motivate their local powers to move towards technology reform — before the 2016 Saarc conference.
Executive Director SDPI, Dr Abid Suleri expressed concern that SDGs, like the earlier MDGs, ignored intra and interstate differences. “We must not block our visions and dreams under income levels and we must own up to Vision 2025 and SDGs,” he said.

Source: http://www.dawn.com/news/1225085