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.

The News, International

Published Date: Apr 30, 2018

Textile sector, apparel market may suffer in Pakistan for long term

Roubina Ather, Member, National Tariff, has said that Pakistan should not be over-concerned on the on-going global trade war mainly between China and the US, Pakistan is not so much integrated in the global value chain and international market.
Ms Roubina was speaking at a special seminar on “Where does Pakistan stand in global trade war?’ organised here by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). Ms Roubina said that protectionism is the real threat in any trade war which in turn shrinks the global trade volume. She said that if the trade war goes further, our textile sector and the apparel market may suffer in the long term. She asked Foreign Office to play its role to handle the existing geo-political situation and economic challenges.
Dr Vaqar Ahmed, Joint Executive Director, SDPI, said that the on-going trade war between China and the US may cause a rise in the cost of production and raw material in developing countries which in turn could bring about inflation and threaten the global economic recovery. He said that as trade declines and output falls, it may result in lower wages and unemployment. For a developing country’s diaspora working in US, this could have negative implications. Unfortunately, the trade wars are taking place at a time when global investors are also nervous regarding the post-Brexit UK and EU trade negotiations. In the short run, it is expected that trade between UK and its trading partners could decline, he added.
Dr Vaqar said that the other advanced economies can also step up protectionism and start making foreign imports more expensive through tariffs, para-tariffs and non-tariff barriers. He said this will hurt the decade-long efforts of trying to revive a more liberal trade regime and save multilateralism.
He said that Pakistan is an importer of iron, steel and aluminium from China and US, the trade war maybe a good omen if both economic giants end up having an abundant supply glut in turn brining global prices of metals down. He advised the public and private sector stakeholders to evaluate which commodities may face short term shortage due to hike in tariffs on Chinese goods and if some such goods can be supplied to the US by Pakistan.