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2021: the state of the economy

Before recapping the state of the economy in 2021, let us recall the World Economic Forum’s Global Crisis Report which was released in January this year. The report highlighted that…

Rejecting metaverse

When I heard that Facebook had changed its name to Meta, I was reminded of the aphorism: “A leopard doesn’t change its spots.” But in this case, there’s more to…

Climate change crisis: more talk than action

‘This is a dire warning that the economic recovery from the Covid crisis is currently anything but sustainable for our climate… Unless governments around the world move rapidly to start…

Risks to global economic recovery

Countries are relying on effective immunizations to save lives and revive businesses. The World Bank’s projection for 4% growth this year depends on widespread deployment of vaccines. Surging Covid cases…

Tackling corruption globally

Corruption is an unavoidable side-effect that a society necessarily suffers from when it practises a no-holds-barred free market economy along with electoral democracy. Civilised societies do succeed, to some extent,…

Special courts and sexual violence

In the backdrop of the Lahore motorway rape case, President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi exercised his presidential powers under Clause (1) of Article 89 of the Constitution of the…

The gender gap

It will take Pakistan 136.5 years to close its gender gap, according to the WEF. Let that sink in. Pakistan has the highest overall hourly average (mean) gender pay gap,…

Quality in higher education

Since its establishment in 2002, the HEC has seen many ups and down in its continuous effort to ensure our system of higher education is classified among the best, and…

Meaningful research

The best-known examples of technology-based knowledge economies built through higher education, scientific research and innovation are the Silicon Valley and the Boston’s Technology Corridor, which each contribute more than $275…

Meaningful research

The best-known examples of technology-based knowledge economies built through higher education, scientific research and innovation are the Silicon Valley and the Boston’s Technology Corridor, which each contribute more than $275…