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Published Date: Dec 10, 2013

SDPI Press Release (December 10, 2013)

Emphasizing the need for boost in the economic performance of Pakistan,
2014 has been marked as the “Year for Productivity and Quality” by the
Government. This was expressed by Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for Planning,
Development, and Reforms. He was speaking at the inaugural session of
the 16th Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) organized by the
Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). The three-day
conference is being hosted at the Best Western Hotel, Islamabad, and
brings together policy and practice communities to interact and
recommend workable solutions to emerging challenges in South Asia. Ahsan
Iqbal highlighted that in the new global paradigm, economic well-being
stems from creation of and access to knowledge. He also emphasized that
the need for regional cooperation in South Asia has now elevated due to
rapid globalization.

In his welcome address, Shafqat Kakakhel,
Chairman Board of Governors, SDPI, observed that the SDC has been an
important forum for debate on the emerging thought that the global
center of economic power is shifting to Asia. The South Asian region,
however, remains to be mired in perpetuating problems due to lack of
cooperation amongst member states. He stressed the role of the civil
society in creating shared voices for measures of regional cooperation
in South Asia to address a wide range of problems jointly faced by
member states. Dr. Abid Suleri, Executive Director, SDPI, in his opening
remarks, emphasized that inaction on part of member states of SAARC has
accelerated development challenges for each of them individually as
well as collectively. Hence, there is need for urgent action to jointly
ponder and implement interventions in favor of the suffering masses of
South Asia.

Speaking on the future outlook of Pakistan’s
economy, Hafiz Pasha, Former Minister of Finance, said that the country
is “perilously poised at the knife-edge”. He said that a number of
economic challenges are due to non-economic factors, including
terrorism, rising load-shedding, insurgency in Baluchistan, and rise in
sectarian violence. All these factors have been significantly
hemorrhaging economic growth and performance of Pakistan. Given
Pakistan’s poor Balance of Payments position, there is a need to cut
back on non-essential imports. He also stressed that corruptive tax
exemptions and concessions should be withdrawn for a much needed
increase in the Tax-GDP ratio.

In the panel on Reforms of
Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Pakistan, Nadeem Ul Haque, Former
Deputy Chairman, Planning commission of Pakistan, said that accelerating
development progress and achieving the goal of inclusive growth in
Pakistan requires research-based policies.  Nadia Tahir, Lahore Business
School remarked that despite obstacles such as conflict, corruption and
high fiscal deficits, India and China have achieved impressive economic
growth and poverty reduction in the past decade, mainly due to economic
reforms in the 1990s while Pakistan continues to lag behind its
regional comparators. Talking of role of state owned enterprises in
growth Naveed Cheema, Governance Specialist, Ministry of Finance said,
too much government control is indeed bad for enterprises. But too
little government ownership may not be good either. Inefficiencies of
SOEs continue to prevent achievement in growth targets. Shermon
Robinson, IFPRI, elaborated that there is lack of investment in energy
and water sectors in Pakistan and there is need to prioritize these two

In the session on Sustainable Livelihoods in Conflict
Situations, Sony KC presented a case study on Nepal and reported that
there was an increase in livelihood support projects in the aftermath of
conflict in the country. She recommended that that while livelihood
projects have short-terms plans, they should also ensure long-term
sustainability for beneficiaries. Kulasbanathan Romeshun from Srilanka
observed that vulnerable groups need to be given special attention in
terms of food and asset security in the post-conflict situation in
Srilanka. G. Minoia, working with Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium
in Afghanistan said that donor interventions have often led to
disparities between provinces while relatively secure provinces have
attracted higher funding. She also observed that even under standard
programs such as the National Solidarity Programme, agencies often
worked only in more accessible areas first. On a case study on the
Malakand division in Pakistan, Qasim Shah, SDPI reported that the
conflict between 2007-09, left around 3 million people displaced. In
this context, multiple interventions were undertaken by the government
as well as by development partners; 16 projects were undertaken in Lower
Dir and 34 in Swat.

In the session on Revisiting the Left
Movement in South Asia, Nathalene Reynolds from French Institute of
Research on Africa, Kenya opined that two stark facts stand out in the
context of South Asia: abundance of wealth amongst few and a
simultaneous rise in poverty. Talking about the history of the left
movement in Pakistan, Ahmad Salim, Advisor SDPI said that the movements
have been affected by dictatorial regimes and imposition of marshal law.
Sanaullah Rustamani from IIUI said that the work of the progressive
poet Shaikh Ayaz can be introduced in the syllabi of South Asian schools
and colleges with regards to revival of the left movement in the
region. Raza Naeem from the Lahore School of Economics talked about
Saadat Hassan Manto and praised his work for the leftist cause. Renowned
poet Kishwar Naheed observed that left movements constitutes an
important part of sustainable economic and social development in any