Secretary's report: 25th Annual General Meeting and Conference, The Pakistan Society of Development Economists.
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Author: Arif, G.M.
Pub Date: 12/22/2009
Publication: Name: Pakistan Development Review Publisher: Pakistan Institute of Development Economics Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Business, international; Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Reproduced with permission of the Publications Division, Pakistan Institute of Development Economies, Islamabad, Pakistan. ISSN: 0030-9729
Issue: Date: Winter, 2009 Source Volume: 48 Source Issue: 4
Product: Product Code: 8620000 Professional Membership Assns; 8525201 Economists NAICS Code: 81392 Professional Organizations; 54172 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Accession Number: 269029199
Full Text: Honourable Chief Guest Syed Naveed Qamar, Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Dr Ishfaq Ahmad, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission, Dr Rashid Amjad, President of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists (PSDE) and Vice Chancellor, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE), Professor Nawab Haider Naqvi, Founding President of the PSDE, excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to the Silver Jubilee Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists. I particularly welcome the guests who have come from different parts of the country and abroad.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Pakistan Society of Development Economists, which was established in 1982, has successfully organised 24 AGMs and conferences so far and the current AGM is the 25th in this series, marked as the Silver Jubilee AGM and Conference.

The PSDE is the only Pakistani professional association of economists, and social scientists that provides an institutional framework to professional and research development. Through the annual conferences, it has been successful in providing the forum to promote dialogue between academics and researchers and policy-makers on important economic and social issues.

The Society has also been successful in encouraging research in development economics particularly through providing an opportunity to young economists and social scientists to interact with other scholars and publish their research work.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Currently, the society has more than 600 members from different parts of the world. The support and active participation of these members in the PSDE Annual General Meetings and Conferences have been vital for maintaining high standards in delivering lectures, panel discussions and presentation of research papers.

Moreover, the great interest of academicians and researchers and the hard work of PIDE staff have provided the critical impetus to keep the society vibrant. Surely your knowledge and experience will also enrich the proceedings of this Silver Jubilee Conference.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As you know the theme of this Silver Jubilee Annual General Meeting and Conference is: "Investing in People" which is also the main focus of the next five year Plan. The sub-themes of the conference are: (1) ensuring effective delivery and quality in basic education and health services; (2) overcoming regional disparities; (3) making the Pakistani firm internationally competitive; (4) increasing productivity and profitability in agriculture; and (5) higher education and technology--developing a knowledge driven economy.

I am pleased to report that this year, in response to our call for papers; more than one hundred papers were submitted for review. These papers were reviewed by focusing on their quality in terms of hypotheses developed, methodologies used and presentation of the major findings. After the review, 35 papers have been selected for presentation in the Silver Jubilee Conference.

I am also pleased to report that the authors of these papers belong to universities and institutes located in different parts of the country including Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Quetta, Karachi, Lahore, Kohat and Faisalabad. Pakistani scholars currently working of studying in USA, UK and Germany are also presenting their papers. During all these presentations in the nine technical sessions we look forward to a fruitful interaction between researchers, policy-makers and the civil society.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Pakistan Society of Development Economists has the tradition to invite renowned scholars to deliver lectures. I am pleased to report that this year we have four such lectures. Dr Mohsin Hasan Khan, former Director IMF and Senior Fellow Peterson Institute for International Economics Washington will deliver the prestigious Quaid-i-Azam Lecture. We are also honoured that Professor Hirashima, Meiji Gakuin University Japan will deliver the Allama Iqbal Lecture; Professor John Casterline from Ohio State University, USA will deliver the Mahbubul Haq Lecture, and Professor Robin Burgess, Professor of Economics, Academic Director International Growth Centre, London School of Economics will deliver the Gustav Ranis Lecture.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

During the three days of the conference, three panel discussions have also been organised revolving around critical issues including: the education system in Pakistan: lessons learned and the way forward; remittances and economy; and conflict, security, and development. These are cross-cutting themes. We have, therefore, invited experts from different areas as our panelists to participate in these discussions.

Following our tradition of the last three years, I am pleased to report that we have invited more than 100 students as participants from major universities of the country, being half of them outside Islamabad and Rawalpindi. This is to enhance their understanding of economic and social issues and also to give them an opportunity to interact with eminent scholars.

In the end, I would like to congratulate and thank the staff of Pakistan Institute Development Economics for their hard work and support to organise this conference.

Thanks to all the sponsors particularly Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom for its support, Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan and the Friendrich Ebert Stifiung (FES). My special thanks to our Chief Guest Syed Naveed Qamar, the Deputy Chairman Planning Commission and all of you for responding positively to our invitation.

G. M. Arif

Secretary, PSDE

Pakistan Institute of Development Economics, Islamabad.
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