PILDAT One-Day Short Course

Understanding Pakistan’s Political Economy & Public Policy Paradigm
Wednesday, August 21, 2019, Karachi

PILDAT is offering a short, one-day course, delivered by Pakistan’s top authoritative figures on Political Economy, Public Policy and Institutional Reform that will help participants understand Pakistan’s key public policy issues, ingredients of Pakistan’s political economy, and challenges of Pakistan’s economy focusing on current economic challenges in the context of economic development, the role new taxation drive can play in revitalizing the economy and projections on prospects of improvements and growth of economy in the next two to five years. The course will also discuss the role of institutional disconnect in taking Pakistan forward and what reforms can and must take place in this regard. The course will also engage participants, in order to build and strengthen leadership skills, in developing practical recommendations for policy reforms.

Whether you are a policy practitioner, a political leader, a student, planning to appear for competitive exams, a business professional or just someone interested in untangling Pakistan’s enigmatic political economy and reform processes, here’s your opportunity to enrol yourself in the PILDAT one-day short course to give you the answers to the following questions:

  1. What is the broad make-up of Pakistan’s political economy?
  2. Why is Pakistan facing an almost continuous slide in its growth rate as well as its human development indicators despite a large youth population, a growing middle class, decent roads, internet and telephonic infrastructure and the likes?
  3. What are the structural issues and fundamental challenges of Pakistan’s political economy?
  4. What are the prospects of improvements and growth of economy in the next two to five years?
  5. What role would the new taxation drive play in revitalizing the economy?
  6. What are the critical opportunities for economic growth Pakistan must seize?
  7. Is an Inter-institutional dialogue needed to lead policy reforms in Pakistan?

When & Where?

The one-day short course is being organised on the following date, time and venue, though you can only join once you register beforehand:

Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019.

Time: 10:00 am – 04:15 pm

Venue: Hotel Movenpick, Karachi


Who can Join

The one-day course is open to Policy practitioners, Researchers, Political leaders, Economists, Journalists, Teachers, Students and everyone else interested in a robust learning and Leadership Development experience. You can register and enrol to join the short course by paying a fee. Registration will be open on a first-come first-serve basis.

How much will it Cost?

The registration fee for the course is Rs. 15,000 which can be paid online by August 16, 2019. Participants who register early, by August 10, 2019, will receive an early bird discount of Rs. 2000 and can enrol by paying only Rs. 13,000. PILDAT would provide tea/lunch during the course in addition to the learning! All other expenses would be the responsibility of the participants.

How to Register?

Registrations are now closed.

What will you learn?

  • What is the broad make-up of Political Economy of Pakistan?
  • What are the key structural issues of Pakistan’s Political Economy?
  • Examples from comparable countries and consequent strategies for success
  • Roadmap for reforms

What will the course entail?

The course will consist of five sessions and a group exercise. They include:

  1. Session 1: An Overview of Public Policy Issues
  2. Session 2: Political Economy of Pakistan
  3. Session 3: Pakistan’s Economic Challenges and Opportunities
  4. Session 4: Ingredients of the CJP Proposal
  5. Session 5: Most-effective form of Inter-Institutional Dialogue
  6. Group Exercise: Developing Recommendations for Policy Makers

Who are the Resource Persons?

The course will be delivered by Pakistan’s leading senior experts on Political Economy and Public Policy.

  1. Dr. Akbar Zaidi, Political Economist
  1. Mr. Javed Jabbar, Former Senator; Former Federal Minister for Information and Media Development
  1. Mr. Khurram Husain, Business and Economy Journalist and Columnist
  1. Mr. Ahmed Bilal Mehboob, President PILDAT
  1. Ms. Aasiya Riaz, Joint Director PILDAT


PILDAT is an independent think tank focused on political and public policy research, capacity building and training, policy reform, oversight and policy advocacy. As an indigenous institution, PILDAT’s mission is to strengthen democratic governance in Pakistan.

For any queries, please contact [email protected]

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