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.

Mohammad Farooq

Weekly Pakistan Today

Published Date: Sep 1, 2018

PM Imran Khan reconstitutes EAC, appoints distinguished economists to the panel

ISLAMABAD: The Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday reconstituted the eighteen-member Economic Advisory Council (EAC), according to a notification issued on Saturday.
The panel includes distinguished economists and a former governor of the State Bank of Pakistan.
A press release issued by the Ministry of Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs said the Prime Minister Imran Khan will be chairing the EAC himself.
It added, the EAC shall meet at least once a month and its mandate will be to advise the government on both short-term macroeconomic stabilisation interventions and long-term structural reforms for stable and sustained economic development.
Also, EAC will also facilitate capacity building of the government in conducting policy analysis and will assist in reaching out to the international network of recognised economists to contribute to Pakistan’s development.
And the Finance Ministry “will be the nodal government agency for the EAC, which will function in an entirely non-partisan manner and is expected to strengthen existing state institutions in a collaborative and concerted manner,” read the press release.
From the private sector, the PM has chosen eleven members to form part of the EAC panel which includes Dr Farrukh Iqbal, Dean & Director, Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Dr Ashfaque Hassan Khan, Principal and Dean School of Social Sciences & Humanities, National University of Sciences and Technology (Nust).
Also, included in the panel are Dr Ijaz Nabi, Professor of Economics, Lahore University of Management Sciences (Lums), Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).
Dr Ijaz Nabi has previously served as a member of the EAC, Monetary Policy Committee of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) and was also an economic adviser to former Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif.
Adding to the eleven-member panel of EAC from the private sector includes Dr Asad Zaman, Vice Chancellor, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDC), independent economist Mr Sakib Sherani and Syed Salim Raza, former governor of SBP.
Sakib Sherani has previously served on the EAC and distanced himself from the previous government after having developed differences with them.
Syed Salim Raza is an ex-governor of the central bank and has an international banking experience of over thirty-six years which included working for Citibank in various stints across the globe.
Dr Naved Hamid, Professor of Economics at Lahore School of Economics (LSE), Dr Ijaz Khawaja, Sumitumo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development at Harvard Kennedy School have been elected as members EAC from the private sector.
Asim Ijaz Khwaja is also a co-director of Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD), and co-founder of the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP).
Others making the members list include Dr Atif R. Mian, Princeton University (Department of Economics and Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy) and Dr Imran Rasul, Professor of Economics at University College London (UCL).
Atif Mian is John H. Laporte, Jr. Class of 1967 Professor of Economics, Public Policy and Finance at Princeton University, and Director of the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance at the Woodrow Wilson School.
The official members of EAC include Minister for Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs, Minister for Planning Development and Reforms Division, Governor State Bank of Pakistan, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Adviser on Commerce and Adviser on Institutional Reforms.