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.
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.
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.