Secretary's report 26th Annual General Meeting and Conference, The Pakistan society of development economists.
Subject: Economists (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Trade and professional associations (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
Trade and professional associations (Reports)
Author: Din, Musleh ud
Pub Date: 12/22/2010
Publication: Name: Pakistan Development Review Publisher: Pakistan Institute of Development Economics Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Business, international; Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Reproduced with permission of the Publications Division, Pakistan Institute of Development Economies, Islamabad, Pakistan. ISSN: 0030-9729
Issue: Date: Winter, 2010 Source Volume: 49 Source Issue: 4
Product: Product Code: 8525201 Economists; 8620000 Professional Membership Assns NAICS Code: 54172 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities; 81392 Professional Organizations SIC Code: 8621 Professional organizations
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Pakistan Geographic Code: 9PAKI Pakistan
Accession Number: 302769891
Full Text: Honourable Chief Guest Dr Nadeem U1 Haque, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission and Chancellor PIDE, Dr Rashid Amjad, President of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists (PSDE) and Vice-Chancellor, PIDE, Professor Syed Nawab Haider Naqvi, Founding President PSDE, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen!

I. It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to the 26th Annual General Meeting and Conference of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists.

2. The Society is the only Pakistani professional association of economists and social scientists that provides an institutional framework for professional and research development. Through the Annual Conferences, it has been successful in providing a forum to promote dialogue among academics, researchers, and policy-makers on important economic and social issues.

3. Since its inception in 1982, the Society has fostered intellectual thinking and scholarly discourse that have helped develop ideas for tackling diverse challenges facing a developing country like Pakistan.

Ladies and Gentlemen!

4. Currently, the Society has more than 700 members including eminent scholars from around the world. The support and active participation of these members in the Annual General Meetings and Conferences have kept the Society vibrant and have been vital for maintaining high standards in lectures, panel discussions and research papers.

Ladies and Gentlemen!

5. The Conference is being held at a time when Pakistan has taken a major step towards fiscal decentralisation and a fundamental shift is taking place in the division of powers between provinces and the centre. This changing landscape of province-centre relations has far reaching implications for the country's long term development and growth prospects.

6. Against this backdrop, the theme of this year's Conference has been chosen to be "Fiscal Decentralisation: Empowering the Provinces, Strengthening the Federation". It is hoped that the Conference will be instrumental in generating new insights and ideas on how fiscal decentralisation can be leveraged for greater development and prosperity of Pakistan. Ladies aim Gentlemen!

7. I am pleased to report that this year, in response to our call for papers: more than one hundred papers were submitted for the Conference. These papers were reviewed on the basis of multiple objective criteria including originality, analytical rigor, and thematic relevance. After the review, 35 papers have been selected for presentation in the 9 technical sessions.

8. 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, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, and Swat. Pakistani scholars currently working or studying in USA and Australia ale also presenting their papers. During all these presentations we look forward to a fruitful interaction among researchers, policy-makers and civil society.

Ladies and Gentlemen!

9. The Pakistan Society of Development Economists has the tradition to invite renowned scholars to deliver distinguished lectures. I am pleased to report that this year we have four such lectures:

* We are honoured that Dr Nadeem Ul Haque, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission will deliver the prestigious Quaid-i-Azam Lecture.

* Dr Ehtisham Ahmad, Senior Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics, will deliver the Allama Iqbal Lecture;

* Dr Vito Tanzi, Former Director International Monetary Fund, will deliver the Mahbubul Haq Lecture; and

* Dr Anwar Shah, Director Centre for Public Economics China and World Bank Institute, will deliver the Gustav Ranis Lecture.

Ladies and Gentlemen:

10. During the three days of the Conference. 3 Panel Discussions have also been organised revolving around critical issues including:

* The 7th NFC Award and the Economic Implications of the 18th Amendment;

* Reformed GST, Challenges and Opportunities; and

* Macroeconomic Management in a Decentralised Setup.

11. We have invited leading experts from diverse backgrounds as our Panellists and hope that their knowledge and experience will greatly enrich the deliberations of the Conference.

12. Following our tradition of the last four years, I am pleased to report that we have invited more than 350 students as participants from major Universities. This is to enhance their understanding of economic and social issues and to provide them an opportunity to interact with leading scholars in the profession.

13. In the end, let me thank the staff of the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics for their dedicated efforts in organising the Conference.

14. Thanks to all the sponsors particularly tile Forum of Federations, Centre flu Civic Education, Higher Education Commission (HEC), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), US Agency for International Development (US-AID) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES).

15. My special thanks go out to the Chief Guest Dr Nadeem Ul Haque and 1o gill of you for responding positively to our invitation.

Musleh ud Din

Secretary, PSDE
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