Youth bulge in South Asia: Job creation must tap the potential

[Originally published on FutureChallenges.org] As the most populated region in the world, South Asia can also boast the highest number of young people per world region as well, and this trend continues to grow driven by high birth rates. This means that in the near future there will be increasing numbers of young people looking… Read More Youth bulge in South Asia: Job creation must tap the potential

International aid: towards a responsible partnership for development

[Originally published on FutureChallenges.org] The eighth of the 2015 United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) states that the international community is to take measures to increase cooperation and encourage a partnership between the developed and the developing world. With a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.49, and with 40% of its population living below the poverty line, Pakistan… Read More International aid: towards a responsible partnership for development

Protectionist Trade Policies

[Originally published in the UTrade magazine] Pakistan’s trade deficit increased by PKR 951.9 billion in the last five years: from PKR 367.6 billion in 2004-05 to PKR 1,319.6 billion in 2008-2009 , according to records available with the Federal Bureau of Statistics, Government of Pakistan. This bourgeoning trade deficit is