How much economy appears in prime time?
This report reviews how often Pakistan’s economy has been discussed by our electronic media during its prime time talk shows.
Top five talk shows of news channels i.e. Capital talk (Hamid Mir), Live with Talat (Syed Talat Hussain), Aapas Ki Baat (Muneeb Farooq & Najam Sethi), Nadeem Malik Live (Nadeem Malik) and Dunya @ 8 With Malick (Muhammad Malick), have been included.
The shows were reviewed and categorized into four groups according to their topics namely Economy/Energy, National Politics, Terrorism/Security and Social/others (Education, governance, corruption, foreign policy). In all, 221 programmes were critically reviewed over the period July 2013 - February 2014. The months of July, October, December, January, and February were included. These months were chosen to reflect the trend of electronic media priorities over the time, while minimizing the influence of any particular incident. Complete details of these programmes are available after main results in this document.
Economy/Energy was discussed in 29 episodes out of 221 programmes which make only 13.12% of the sample. The Terrorism/Security is the most discussed topic covering 87 episodes or 39%, National politics in 64 or 28% and Social/others in 41 or 18% episodes. The above statistics indicate that the economy is the least prioritized topic in our popular talk shows. Read more...
PMLN Economic Agenda:
Tracking Report Launched
28th January 2014
PML-N receives a passing 44% on its economic agenda implementation
Islamabad January 28, 2014: “Politics and power revolves around taxing, regulating and spending the tax money. Certainly, otherwise, politics would not be such a lucrative profession,” a recent report on PML-N government’s economic performance starts with these sobering words. PML-N has received a passing 44% on the basis of its economic performance as judged by a recent report released here by Policy Research Institute of Market Economy (PRIME), an independent think tank. This report tracks the implementation of the economic agenda as per PML-N’s own manifesto with the help of a ‘scorecard’ which allocates scores on a range of 0 to 10 to 26 economic promises made by the present ruling party for Economic Revival, Energy Security and Social Protection. Read more...
Roundtable Education Vouchers: Lessons from India and Pakistan
Right to Education legislation offers perverse incentives; education vouchers empowers parents instead of school inspectors
The state regulations on education service delivery may cause more harm than good by denying access to millions of low income families. This was stated by Mr. Parth J. Shah, founder and President of Center for Civic Society, a New Delhi based top Indian think tank who was the guest speaker on a roundtable ‘Education Vouchers: Lessons from India and Pakistan’ organized by Policy Research Institute of Market Economy (PRIME) in collaboration with Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. Parth stressed that school recognition standards in terms of infrastructure requirements pose a serious challenge to the existing low cost, private schools, which are often unable to finance these standards and face a choice between closing down or increasing their fee, causing loss to enrolment in both cases. Around 30% students in Pakistan and 40% students in India are now enrolled in private schools, majority of them are non-elite, low cost and privately owned.
Free Market and Good Government: Common Grounds
Policy Research Institute of Market Economy (PRIME) – an independent think tank organised a conference on Free Market and Good Government: Common Grounds at Government College University, Lahore. It was supported by Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom. The conference discussed Pakistan’s economic credibility on the basis of institutional deficits underpinned by legal system and property rights. It was concluded that economic freedom which offers equal chances for all can be contrasted from crony capitalism on the basis of legal system and property rights. The conference featured three panel discussions on: ‘Private Property Rights’, ‘Dispute Resolution: Competition between State and Non State Actors’ and ‘Contract Enforcement’, chaired by: Dr. Ikram Ul Haq, Dr. Saeed Shafqat and Dr. Khalil Ahmad. Read more...
Report explains Pakistan's economic crises
Launch of Economic Freedom of the World 2013 -Special Pakistan Edition
Policy Research Institute of Market Economy (PRIME) in collaboration with Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and Fraser Institute, Canada is pleased to release the Pakistani edition of Economic Freedom of the World Report 2013.
PRIME prepared a report on Pak-Afghan Trade for Pak-Afghan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry. This report is primarily based on interviews of around sixty traders and other stakeholders in both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Formal trade flow from Pakistan to Afghanistan has seen a downward trend in last couple of years wherein the exports from Afghanistan to Pakistan have registered increase. Pakistan’s share in the transit trade to Afghanistan has also declined whereas other regional players such as Iran have begun to dominate.