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Published Date: Feb 24, 2014

SDPI Press Release (February 24, 2014)

A holistic and integrated approach to productive economic
sectors and their predicaments will be the Government’s top most priority. This
was stated by Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minster for Planning, Development and
Reforms. A stable macroeconomic environment supplemented by important
structural reforms should sustain economic growth which ultimately should be
led by the private sector of Pakistan. The reforms would focus on an integrated
energy reform, modernization of infrastructure, indigenous resource mobilization,
investments in human and social capital, and institutional reforms for
governance. The Minister also expressed the Government’s willingness to expand
regional cooperation with all the neighboring economies, including China, India
and Afghanistan. He was speaking at a public seminar on Economic Policies for
Inclusive and Sustainable Development in South Asia, organized by the
Sustainable Development Policy Institute and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung,

Also present at the occasion, Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the
Prime Minister, expressed the need for fostering greater regional cooperation
in South Asia. He observed that while structural reforms are needed in the
domestic economy of Pakistan, there is 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 is to kick start a robust growth process and sustain it in a manner
that does not harm natural and human resources. In this regards it is very
important that the political leadership assumes a stronger coordination role.
The complex political economy requires 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 face 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.

Shafqat Kakakhel, Chairman of the SDPI Board of Governors,
said that SDPI has been consistently engaged in efforts to promote and develop
new thinking in policies on sustainable development. He raised the point about
the role of South Asia if the goal of the rise in Asia in the global economic
structure materializes. While regional economies have improved their
performance in certain sectors, it is important to take note of the persistent
conflict situation, natural disasters, and the daunting geopolitical context in
South Asia in order to create an environment for socially inclusive

Marc Saxer from FES Thailand observed that the ideas of
modern capitalism and neo-liberal growth have now started to show signs of
weakness and cannot be counted on anymore. He said that there is now need for a
new growth paradigm that is environment-friendly, socially just, and ensures
resilient growth. A buffer mechanism should be developed within institutions so
as to ensure resilience in economic systems and fiscal sustainability. He also
noted that social stability is a pre-condition for long-term policy.

Hansjörg Herr, Professor at the Berlin School of Economics
and Law, introduced the participants to the idea of decent capitalism, which
dictates that markets should be embedded within insitutions. Unregulated
markets can have disastrous implications, as experienced in the case of the
European Monetary Union and the Global Financial Crisis of 2008. While markets
can spur economic growth, there is need for better regulation so as to ensure
socially inclusive economies.

In the session on Socially Inclusive Sustainable Models,
Towfiqul Islam Khan from the Centre for Policy Dialogue, Dhaka informed that
poverty there has been a decrease in poverty in Bangladesh over the last few
years. However, there has been a simultaneous rise observed in measures for
income inequality in the country. Proper redistribution of wage income in the
agriculture sector can help reduce the impact of poverty. It would also help in
increasing the agricultural income of the poor. Naresh Rimal, Senior Economist,
Nepal said that poverty in South Asia remains high, while food insecurity has
continues to propel conflicts in the region. He added that in Nepal,
international financial institutions often by-pass the local population while
directly negotiating with the government.

Vaqar Ahmed, Deputy Executive Director, SDPI, observed that
despite some positive signs in terms of social safety nets in Pakistan,
financing would remain a challenge with the exit of international donors given
the low tax-GDP ratio. There is also the problem of multiplicity of funding
across federal ministries and provincial departments, he noted.

Asad Zaman, VC of the Pakistan Institute of Development
Economics (PIDE), said there is need for improved social capital in the society
so as to address chronic poverty. While the role of government is of prime
importance in taking care of the poor in market economies, there is also need
for improved social capital in order to ensure community inclusion.