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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.

Rasheed Khalid

The News

Published Date: Dec 7, 2018

SDPI conference: Sh Rashid invites India, Russia to join CPEC project

Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has asked India and Russia to join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, claiming that Asian look is going to change through Gwadar Port.
The Railways Minister addressing a panel on the second day of 21st Sustainable Development Conference organised here by Sustainable Development Policy Institute said that we want to work with every nation to improve our economy. He said that with our available financial resources, we are committed to open more feasible and productive ways for trade and transportation. He said that as 80 per cent of Afghanistan is controlled by Taliban, we have to wait to make routes through Afghanistan to trade with other countries. CPEC is a win-win arrangement for both Pakistan and China and all the projects under CPEC must be materialised without any delay, as it would lead to industrialisation in Pakistan.
He said that CPEC is not only a package of road and energy projects, but also a tool of connectivity among think tanks, public and private sector, common people, and ideas.
For the successful transformation from trade to knowledge corridor, he said, it is very important to take confidence building measures among all the stakeholders.
Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar said the government is committed to taking right decisions, which also include hard decisions. An honest and transparent approach is what we need right now to come out of this financial urgency.
Dr Nagesh Kumar, Head of UNESCAP, India, said that the cost of doing trade with South Asia is more than doing trade with America. Some initiatives are taking place to improve transport connectivity, he said, adding that UNESCAP is working on improving and signing treaties for UNESCAP and dry ports should be connected with each other.
Fei Deng, Country Programme Manager World Bank said that Pakistan can achieve more human capital, economic and inclusive growth, and better jobs and conserved environment by bringing about structural reforms in its policies and innovative financial investment in blue economy. Furkat A Sidiqov from Uzbekistan said that social, cultural, and economic gaps between Pakistan and Uzbekistan hamper the relations between the two countries. He proposed using knowledge-sharing as a key component in filling these gaps.
Shakeel Ramay, CEO Zalme Foundation, said that we need to learn from the success models of Europe and China to achieve our business aspirations. He pointed out that political economy forms the basis of whether the potential benefits of economic corridors reach the population.
Shafqat Kakakhel, Chairperson SDPI Board of Governors, said India and Pakistan must incorporate dry land areas management in their regional bilateral dialogues.