Published Date: Dec 6, 2018
Special Session on Charter of economy: A way Forward for Sustainable development in Pakistan
PTI is ready to build consensus on Charter of Economy, Sen. Nauman
(Dec 6, 2018) Pakistan
Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Senator Nauman
Wazir on Thursday said that we are ready and willing to build consensus on
‘Charter of Economy’ to put country on the path of sustainable drowth and
development. He was speaking at the 3rd day dinner plenary titled
“Charter of Economy: Away Forward” of 21st Sustainable Development
Conference held under the auspices of Sustainable Development Policy Institute
Nauman Wazir said that it is responsibility of all political parties to reduce
the political temperature and create conducive environment to generate
consensus on issues around economy in a peaceful environment. He said that we
have to protect our interest when negotiating with china, adding that his party
will achieve growth through domestic resources mobilization, not through loans.
Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan,
Former Federal Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs said that We
can agree on fundamental of charter of economy and differences on 8th National
Finance Commission (NFC) Award has to be tackled through consensus. He said that we must evolve consensus,
otherwise, the economy would never be corrected amid such polarized political
scenario. Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian’s (PPP-P) Senator Rubina Khalid said that we
should learn from the mistakes of the past and should move forward. Also we
need to take our people on board in order to build consensus on issues of economy
and public interest. Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s (PML-N) Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq said that PTI
has to give due respect to the parliament in order to strengthen it and to
discuss and build consensus on core issues of the Charter of Economy.
speaking at an afternoon session titled: Knowledge
and technology transfer under CPEC, Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri, SDPI Executive
Director, called upon the government to devise new industrial policies
framework to cope with Chinese model of innovation.
Ahsan Nawab, Head of Business Development, ACCA, said China is a new doorway
and a largest growing market, therefore Pakistan needs to redesign its policies
in connection with import duty.
Pro Tao Yitao, Vice-Secretary of PCP Committee, Shenzen University, highlighted
the Chinese industrial upgrading process through labour intensive, capital
intensive and then technology intensive industry. She said federal and local
governments should have more effective policies for technology transfer under China-Pakistan
Economic Corridor (CPEC).
Safdar Sohail, Director-General, National Institute of Management, stressed the
need for effective Foreign Direct Investment mechanism for technology transfer
by increasing exports.
Athar Osama, Founding Director, Pakistan Innovation Foundation, emphasized the
need to have human interactions and joint ventures so that Chinese innovation
model can get benefit out of it.
at a session titled: Pakistan’s Shared
Water Resources: Time for Solutions, SDPI Executive Director Dr Abid Qaiyum
Suleri said food production, distribution, availability, accessibility,
utilization and stability are affected by water involved in the agricultural
sector. Therefore, agricultural water metering should be taken into account.
effective water management in the production systems, Mr. Waqar Ahmed from
Nestle Pakistan, remarked that Nestle is working hard to reduce its dependence
on groundwater. He called for collective action by civil society, academia and
policy makers to improve the availability of water in Pakistan.
Zulfiqar Ahmed from University of Wah said Environmental Protection Agency
(EDA), Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA), Capital Development Authority
(CDA) and authorities controlling water supply are responsible for the ailing
quality of water in twin cities. He proposed substantial water polices so that
excessive water pumping can be controlled. He suggested to dig wells around the
fault lines to ensure water recharge in the region.
Mansuri from World Bank, Washington DC highlighted the lack of investments made
in sanitation sector, which led to inadequate infrastructure at the household
level. She suggested introducing chlorination of domestic waste water so that
it can be recollected and reused.
Kamal from Hissar Foundation emphasized to launch projects related to salinity
and sedimentation of water. She also suggested to design media campaigns to
promote water conservation and water rights across the country.
at a session titled: Creating shared
value – private financing for the sustainable development goals, Dr
Shamshad Akhter said it is important to recognize that things are changing for
SDGs but the change is very slow. To overcome this change, she said, we have to
work very strongly on domestic resource mobilization and expert financing.
Naeem-uz-Zafar, Chief Economist of the Sindh government stressed upon the fact
that no doubt finance is very important in developing sustainable development
goals but the crucial thing is to know the multisector nature, impact of the
strategy produced and the capability to overcome any challenges. Mr Hamid
Masood from GIZ talked about the current conditions of Kasur and challenge for
giving Kasur clean water. Mr Alejandro Manriquez from Brazil highlighted some
of the aspects of the 2030 Mexican agenda.
Fuad Hashimi, Executive Director, Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business talked
about private financing of the SDGs. Ms Shazia Amjad, Executive Director of Pakistan
Centre for Philanthropy, Ms Komal Shakil
from GIZ, Dr Ambreen Waheed from Responsible Business Initiative, Lahore
and Mr Bernhard from GIZ LoGo were also present.
at a session titled: Strengthening
Voices of Minorities: Countering Hate and Violence, Deputy Head of EU
delegation to Pakistan, Ms Anne Marchal said equal citizenship is an important
aspect of sustainable development. Discussing the raising problems of
geopolitical situation that has resulted in the immense increase in migrations,
she said these migrations have increased the percentage of minorities in the
Ayesha Salman, an author from UK, made a statement that talking about gender
intolerance is indistinguishably talking about a mentality. She said “we shake
our belief system because denying transgender is like denying humanity.
Sadia Bokhari from SDPI stressed the need for de-radicalization of the society
in all spheres. END