The economists’ conference starts


PESHAWAR: The 35th Annual General Meeting and Four-Day Conference of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists (PSDE), on “Opportunities to Excel: Now and the Future,” officially started at IMSciences Peshawar here on Monday .

The Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), in collaboration with the Institute of Management Sciences (IMSciences), hosted the competition. The AGM and PSDE conferences were inaugurated by Muhammad Aurangzeb, President and CEO of HBL.

The conference is sponsored by the World Bank Group, CPEC Center of Excellence, Bank of the Punjab, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), Gul Ahmed Textile Mills Limited, NPO Pakistan, HBL, PPAF, Saif Group of Companies, PMIC, and the Bank of Khyber.

Dr Nadeem Ul Haq, Vice-Chancellor of PIDE and President of PSDE, in his presidential address, expressed his gratitude for the massive participation and magnanimous support of IMSciences. Eighty percent of university graduates earn little from higher education.

The question then arises, what are the opportunities that we offer to our young people. These factors translate into highly discouraged workers and high dropout rates. The Vice-Chancellor of PIDE informed the audience that according to PIDE research, the government’s footprint on the economy is around 60-80%.

In his inaugural speech, Muhammad Aurangzeb, president and CEO of HBL, said coming from Karachi just to attend this conference was worth it, he noted. Earlier in his welcome speech, Dr Muhammad Mohsin Khan, Director of IMSciences Peshawar, welcomed PIDE the team and all conference participants and assured PIDE of its full support.

Dr Idrees Khawaja, Secretary of PSDE, presented the report of the Secretary of PSDE. He welcomed all participants to the 35th PSDE and PIDE AGM and Conference, organized in collaboration with IMSciences, Peshawar.

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