Economic Sustainability in a Globalised World (The Presidential Address)

Rashid Amjad


Mr Prime Minister, Patron of the Pakistan Society of
Development Economists and Chancellor PIDE, Minister for Planning and
Development, Ministers, Past Presidents and Distinguished Members of the
Society, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen: It is my pleasure to
welcome you all to the 24th Annual General Meeting and Conference of the
Pakistan Society of Development Economists. We are extremely grateful
and honoured by the presence of the Prime Minister. On behalf of the
members of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists (PSDE), I
would like to thank you, Sir, for having spared your precious time to
grace this occasion. I would like also to especially thank our guests
who have come from different parts of the country and from abroad to
participate in the Conference. We are heartily pleased to see here today
many students of Economics and other social sciences from different
colleges and universities of Pakistan who are just as eager as regular
members to understand our subject better. Let me join Dr Arif in
especially welcoming Professor Yu Yongding, Professor John Mellor,
Professor Siddiqur Rahman Osmani, and Dr Parvez Hasan, who will be
delivering the Invited Lectures this year. At the outset, on behalf of
all members of the PSDE, I would like to recognise the support and
encouragement of the Prime Minister as Chairman of the Planning
Commission to the initiative taken by the Deputy Chairman and his
predecessor Mr Salman Faruqui to actively involve professional
economists in Pakistan in the process of economic policy-making. The new
Task Forces on critical economic concerns and the Advisory Panel of
Economists to frame the short-run and medium-term policies by the
Planning Commission are democracy’s gifts to the economists of Pakistan.
Democracy encourages independent thinking, accommodates diverse
viewpoints, and thus makes it possible to evolve a comprehensive policy
for all.

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