Environment in East Asia and Southeast Asia: Lessons for Pakistan (Keynote Address)

Sarfraz Khan Qureshi


It is a matter of great honour and pleasure for me to welcome
you all to the 12th Annual General Meeting and Conference of the
Pakistan Society of Development Economists. It is now widely understood
that despite past progress, Pakistan will be facing formidable
development challenges over the next two decades. This realisation calls
for a serious re-evaluation of the long-term development strategy as the
country approaches the 21st century with its particular opportunities
and challenges in a rapidly changing world economy. Accordingly, we also
understand that the research agenda of professional associations like
us, and of organisations like PIDE, must address forward-looking policy
options and trade-offs in critical areas for sustained economic and
social development, which has to be multi-disciplinary in nature. Of
course, PIDE has responded to the new needs with a professional
preparedness that only comes from long experience and timely perception,
and reorientated its research priorities. The traditional areas of
macro-economic research, sector studies, and the micro-economic
behaviour of economic agents remain strong. But, in addition now, we are
studying ethnicity, gender, technological change, regional development,
and environment as crucial areas of research. The shift in the research
focus is not only reflected in this year’s conference theme,
‘Macroeconomic Adjustment in the Era of Globalisation’, but also in the
topic of my Keynote Address.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30541/v35i4Ipp.307-314


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