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Smart schooling

Pakistani students are quite intelligent, and almost every school-going child has the ability to learn what s/he is taught in classrooms. But the fact that most of our students are…

Recalibrating governance: Part – I

An economy is driven by the contributions and interactions of state, society and markets. Before we take up the agenda for recalibrating governance and institutions intermediating and administering governance and…

Innovation for prosperity – Part II

The manufacture and export of innovative high-tech products must serve as the key pillar of our economic growth. There are huge opportunities available in almost every sector. Let us consider…

The Taiwan model

In order to migrate to a technology-driven knowledge economy, there needs to be a complete change of direction. The emphasis must shift to creating top class universities of engineering and…

Economic prospects of Gilgit-Baltistan : Part II

Community organizations have built bridges, irrigation channels and other small infrastructure projects at much lower costs as they participated in the supply of labour and land parcels for these projects.…

For high-tech exports

The single biggest challenge to enhance the exports of Pakistan is to establish industries in high-technology fields so that we can manufacture and export high value-added products. Lessons can be…

Making Pakistan rich

After more than seventy years of independence, Pakistan is characterised by scarcity of the necessities of life for most of its population. It remains one of the poorest countries in…

Business of the street

The Haque model of inclusive cities advocated that cities should provide livelihood opportunities to all segments of society. Inclusive cities ensure all residents, including the poor urban working class, have…

The forgotten schools of Islamabad

Discussions about education often broadly categorize institutions in our local school education sector as public schools, private schools (with the most expensive segment among them referred to as ‘elite schools’)…

Economic growth amid political instability

Political instability is a serious impediment to economic progress. Not only does it shorten policymakers’ horizons leading to suboptimal short term macroeconomic policies, but it is also the cause of…