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Ninth Annual Conference, Islamabad, PAKISTAN

Ninth Annual SANEI Conference

Ninth Annual Conference, Islamabad, PAKISTAN

  • 18 Aug, 2008

The 9th Annual Conference of SANEI was held in Hotel Marriott and auditorium of Planning Commission, Islamabad from August 18 – August 20, 2008. Besides 13 foreign participants six representatives of affiliate institutes in Pakistan participated for the first time.

The inaugural session held in Planning Commission was attended by a large number of officials, academics and economic experts. It was chaired by Dr. Ishrat Husain former Governor State Bank of Pakistan and Chairman SANEI. The inaugural address was delivered by Dr. Rashid Amjad the Vice Chancellor PIDE and Coordinator SANEI. Secretary Planning Mr. Suhail Safdar welcomed the guests on behalf of Deputy Chairman Planning Commission.

Dr Rashid Amjad gave introductory remarks about SANEI and recalled briefly its achievement during the decade of its existence. In the context of the current economic scenario he cautioned that “The recent global oil and food price stock once again ignited inflation to very high and unbearable rates and threaten economic growth and derail measures, reduce poverty and protect the vulnerable groups. A major challenge is to maintain fiscal policy balance, dampen inflationary pressures and to sustain growth to the extent that the former two objectives allow and most important of all put in place affordable safety nets to protect the poor vulnerable groups”.

The two day conference was extremely successful. Despite last minute changes in the itinerary of scholars, 10 papers were read and discussed in the meeting. Substantive comments were made by the members of RAP and other discussants. The theme of the conference was South Asia Agriculture Post-Doha Scenario, with emphasis on agriculture and Trade liberalization. Of the 10 paper presenters 6 were from India 3 from Nepal and 1 from Sri Lanka.

A panel discussion on “Growth, Employment and Poverty Linkages” - “Framework and Issues” was also held. The panel was chaired by Vice Chancellor PIDE and panelists included Professor T.N. Srinivasan, Prof. Siddiqur Rahman Osmani and Professor M. Ali Khan, and Dr. Ishrat Husain offered the summary of the highly insightful discussions.

To introduce PIDE and SANEI a stall was setup in the conference venue displaying the publications of PIDE and the literature on SANEI. The participants and guests thronged the display centre. The GDNet representative made a presentation on GDNet; organization and its contribution to the research work on economic issues.

A banquet was held in Hotel Serena in honour of the conference participants by Mr. Salman Faruqui Federal Minister and Deputy Chairman Planning Commission. The occasion provided an extremely friendly ambience and the guests enjoyed meeting and inter working with Pakistan officials and academics.

The conference ended on a highly positive note and its meaningful discussions and recommendations were timely and relevant. The official policy makers in the member states could benefits greatly by incorporating these options and recommendations.

To relieve the foreign guests from the regiours of the sessions they were given tour of Islamabad. A visit to Murree – the summer holiday destination was also arranged.

SANEI after its successful and substantive conference is gearing for holding the 10th round. The theme is “Ensuring Health for all” and “Perspective on Inter/Intra Regional Migration”. It has already received 45 proposals.

Announcement

"SAARC Recognized Body" status of SANEI, renewed | SANEI Secretariat relocated in Kathmandu, Nepal | The Global Development Awards Competition is an innovative award scheme launched by GDN with the generous support from the Ministry of Finance, Government of Japan. The Awards Competition recognizes excellence in policy-oriented research, supports research capacity development of researchers in developing countries and funds innovative social development projects benefiting marginalized groups in the developing world. Since its inception in 2000, GDN has provided US$ 3.8 million in awards and travel grants to finalists and winners. The winners of the current round will be chosen by an eminent jury at GDN’s 17th Annual Global Development Conference to be held in Peru from 17-18 March, 2016; an event expected to be attended by over 200 practitioners in the field of development where finalists will present their proposals. Finalists from both award categories will be invited to present their proposals at the Conference. | SANEI is now associate member of International Economic Association |