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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/23/2010 11:05:00 AM,

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/22/2010 10:30:00 AM,

At the Lahore School

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/16/2010 02:49:00 PM,

Development Challenges in The New Decade

Sixth Annual Conference
on Management of the Pakistan Economy 
Center for Research in Economics and Business
Lahore School of Economics
April 22-23, 2010

The Lahore School of Economics is having its Sixth Annual Conference on the Management of the Pakistan Economy on the 22nd – 23rd of April, 2010 at the Lahore School main campus (on Burki Road). The theme of this year's Conference is "Development Challenges in the New Decade".

The underlying objective of the conference is to promote dialogue/discussion on key economic management and policy issues facing the country today. The inaugural speech will be made by a leading economist of Pakistan. The inaugural session will lay the foundation for the rest of the conference and it will be followed by four sessions concerning the major obstacles to sustained and inclusive growth. The topics and broad areas that will be covered in the different sessions are as follows:

Session 2 – Bridging the Provincial Divide 
The excessive centralization of resources in Pakistan has its roots in history and the institutional set-up of the country. The imbalance of power between the center and the provinces has long been a point of contention between Punjab and the other provinces. The perception of Punjab as an overpowering province underlies the grievances of the smaller provinces. Furthermore, provincial disparities in the economic and social indicators are huge and add to the trust deficit. The lack of trust amongst the provinces is at the root of the failure to adopt policies of national importance such as optimal use of water and other natural resources, or achieving consensus on issues as fundamental as revenue sharing and distribution. Papers in this session can focus on any of the issues raised above, including the allocation of resources through NFC to reduce regional disparities.

Session 3 – Addressing the Energy Crisis
Pakistan is currently facing the worst energy crisis in its history. The impact of this crisis has been multi-dimensional affecting everyone from households to industries to trade. Given the severe consequences of the energy crisis and that Pakistan experienced a similar crisis in the 1990s, it is important to understand the factors underlying these periodic crises. The analysis should aim to show how the problem can be addressed and what is the way forward for the economy? The discussion should address both demand and supply side issues as well as the energy sector’s governance and management problems.

Session 4 – Overcoming the Revenue Deficit
Currently, Pakistan’s tax-to-GDP ratio is amongst the lowest in the world. This is a chronic problem and repeated reforms to improve the situation have been tried without success. The consequence of the failure to improve tax revenue mobilization is shortages in infrastructure, inadequate investment in social sectors, inability to transfer resources to poor provinces, periodic fiscal and balance of payments crises and a persistent, excessive reliance on foreign assistance. These costs are large and dealing with this problem is almost a precondition for solving many of the other problems Pakistan is faced with today. Papers in this session should aim to discuss reasons for the failure of the past reform efforts and strategize ways of breaking out of this low level tax mobilization trap.

Session 5 – Managing the Scarce Water Resources
Pakistan is one of the most water-stressed countries in the world and dependence on a single river system makes availability of water highly vulnerable. From a long term perspective Pakistan’s water resources are faced with three major challenges. These include: 1) Building a knowledge-based capacity to nurture Pakistan’s scarce water resource. 2) Maintaining, rehabilitating and expanding infrastructure for managing Pakistan’s water resource. 3) Creating a modern institutional framework that employs international best practices of water management which ensures sustainability and enhances efficiency of water use. Papers in this session may address any of the aforementioned challenges as well as suggest a future direction for managing Pakistan’s water economy.

Session 6 – Round Table Discussion: Development Challenges – Alternative Perspectives
The round table will bring together leading economists and policy makers to discuss what they think are the most important challenges facing Pakistan, including those that might not have been covered in the previous sessions. It is anticipated that this discussion will provide further insights on the development issues and policies needed to help Pakistan make the transition to a middle income country.

Related: Lahore School Fifth Annual Conference on Management of the Pakistan Economy: Growth, Trade and Development

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/14/2010 12:26:00 PM,

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/12/2010 12:53:00 PM,

The South Asian Economics Students Meet Dhaka, Bangladesh

The South Asian Economics Students Meet (SAESM) is a discussion forum for South Asian undergraduate students to interact and introduce fresh international perspectives on economic development, motivating contemporaries to think beyond textbooks. In particular, this conference is an attempt to discuss the impact of economic development on different aspects of South Asian economy-agriculture, industry, trade, infrastructure, poverty and entrepreneurship from the perspective of a learning economics student.

The meet attempts to bring together the students pursuing the undergraduate program in economics in South Asian countries and provide them a platform to learn about the development of this region. This year SAESM returned to Dhaka with much bigger anticipation as the reputation of the conference has grown over time. It was held on Dec 9th and 10th 2009 by the Economics Department of the Dhaka University. SAESM primarily comprised three categories: Theme paper submission and presentation, the Budding Economist competition, and the Quiz competition.

At SAESM 2009 five countries namely Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka participated with each country having a delegation of ten participants. Team Pakistan consisted of two students from the Lahore School of Economics and eight students from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Tawha Ahmed (BSC IV sec A) participated in the theme paper submission category and presented a paper on the topic of SME Development while Asha Gul (BSC IV sec A) contested the Budding Economist category.

Related: Lahore School at South Asian Economics Students’ Meet

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/09/2010 01:28:00 PM,

Lahore School Sports Feista, 2010

The Sports Society held their 1st field sports event “the Lahore School Sports Fiesta” on 2nd Feb,2010 at the football field . The event witnessed field sports for both males and females like 50m, 100m, 200m races, sack race, Tug of War, football free style and High Hell race for girls. Tug of War was the main attraction for the audiences and participants. Ayehs Akram won the high heel race, 50 meters race was only for girls in which Batool, Ayesha Nkram and Natalia Naveed were top three participants, 1st position 100 meters (males) top three contestants were Hussain Ali, Raza Sheikh and Mohid Sharif.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/08/2010 01:23:00 PM,

Lahore School Annual Conference on Management of Pakistan Economy: Development Challenges in the New Decade

Lahore School Annual Conference on Management of Pakistan Economy will be held on April April 22-23, 2010. Theme of the this year's conference is "Development Challenges in the New Decade."

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/07/2010 07:29:00 AM,

Pakistan 1951-2001: The Forgotten Asian Economic Success

Seminar Pakistan 1951-2001: The Forgotten Asian Economic Success in progress now.

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/05/2010 01:13:00 PM,

Seminar on Pakistan 1951-2001: The Forgotten Asian Economic Success

Lahore School of Economics Center for Research in Economics and Business (CREB) is organizing a seminar by Dr. Mathew McCartney on Monday April 5, 2010 at Mahmood Chaudhry Library.

The topic of the seminar is: Pakistan 1951-2001: The Forgotten Asian Economic Success. There is an almost uniformly negative perception of Pakistan’s economy in current media and academia, this view is sharpened by the very positive reporting of India – the new Asian Giant/ Miracle. It is firstly interesting to remember how such images have changed dramatically over time. In the 1960s for example Pakistan was widely seen as a ‘miracle’ economy with a modernizing and pro-western leader and India as a country becoming increasingly impossible to govern and facing a future of likely mass famine.

Making a judgment about whether a country/ economy has been a ‘success’ or ‘failure’ is too often based on media perception and heavily weighed by recent economic events. There are more rigorous means of making such a judgment about Pakistan since 1947. Those included in this seminar are a comparison with Pakistan’s own history before 1947, a comparison with similar developing countries after 1947 and a comparison of Pakistan’s development after 1947 with the initial conditions and constraints prevailing at independence. Using these more substantial and rigorous measures it can be possible under certain circumstances to say that Pakistan is indeed ‘the forgotten economic success of Asia’ of the last sixty years.

Dr Mathew McCartney is visiting CREB for two weeks. He is currently a lecturer in Economics and admissions tutor in the department of Economics, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London). He has an MPhil from Oxford and a PhD from SOAS. He has also taught at Korea University in Seoul and JNU, New Delhi. His recent publications include ‘India-The Political Economy of Growth Stagnation and the State, 1951-2007’, London, Routledge (2009), ‘Political Economy, Growth and Liberalization, in India 1991-2008’, London, Routledge (2009). His research interests are “role of the state in late development, industry and industrialization, economic growth, comparative political economy of South Asia, India and Pakistan since independence.”

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ 4/04/2010 07:42:00 AM,

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