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.

Energy, Taxation and Political Economy of Pakistan

Team Members: Muhammad Zeeshan

Though various sources can be tracked to raise the level of national exchequer, national tax base remains most important. The Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), while having majority in the federal government plans to increase tax to GDP ratio up to 15% which is currently 9% and has been declining over time. Pakistan has a workforce of 58 million out of which only 2 million are registered taxpayers. Monetizing the potential 3.2 taxpayers can provide additional tax financing to the development programs.

The creeping reform process in the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is also a big hurdle. If this institution still believes in its current passive strategy, it needs around 32 years to target the potential tax payers. To identify the hidden tax payers, the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) should facilitate the FBR department which is very difficult otherwise.

The alternative financing mean which is the tax financing in the present case becomes very important especially when the PML-N government seems divided over a proposed increase in gas tariff presented by Mr. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources. However, the limited options provided by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) may not allow government to suspend the gas price rise as the government is supposed to collect around PKR100 billion under the IMF programs.

A number of factors in political economy do not allow the government to raise the gas prices. The textile and industrial sectors both claim that the proposed rise in gas tariffs would not allow them to take benefit from the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) by the European Union. In addition, the CNG sector is afraid that such a rise would throw various CNG stations out of the business. All these factors may give benefit to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the local government elections scheduled in the end of January. On the other hand, the government is under severe pressure as it is already facing criticism over the past rise in electricity prices.

Web Link:

For More Information, Contact the Following Person:

Mohammad Zeeshan