Conditional Cash Transfers: Safety Net or Welfare Trap?
According to the survey, Benazir Income Support Programme is unable to provide social protection to its beneficiaries. The study aims at reviewing the design of BISP, its effect on the private charity, attitudes of programme beneficiaries, focusing on collecting information regarding disbursements, procedural problems, and needs fulfilment and it examined the impact on the household standard of living. Read more...
National Debt Conference
Debt Conference concept note says that increased level of public debt poses significant risks economic freedom which is curtailed as more debt is followed by more debt servicing, which is often financed by taxation or simply by more debts. Thus new taxes are imposed as a mean for debt servicing or worse, money printing is adopted. Thus a conference on debt management will be helpful for macro-economic policy makers and business community at large. Read more...
Conference on Power Sector
Pakistan’s electricity market faces dual, and paradoxical, challenges: on the one hand, the circular debt is spiraling out again, thus denying the investors a fair and reliable return on their investment; and on the other hand, consumers have hardly any reliable access to electricity even after a consistent rise in tariffs. To address this complex issue, PRIME, a public policy think tank, organised a conference on “Power Sector Reforms: State Incentives or Market Rules”, on Wednesday, 7th May, 2014, which was addressed by a range of speakers from the public and private sectors.The conference stressed on better economic regulations, empowerment of energy consumers, resolution of circular debt, privatization and market-friendly policies in
GENCOs and DISCOs, and good governance and independence of DISCOs.
Seminar on Formal and Informal Economy
Status-quo led laws and officials and cumbersome procedures are hindering informal businesses to reap the fruits of formal status.The study aims at understanding the dynamics of small scale entrepreneurs as they interact with the government on their path of survival and growth. For this purpose, a survey of small scale commercial enterprises located in Sharaqpur has been conducted to investigate the challenges that fledgling businesses face while confronting the state machinery.
This study raises several important questions such as: in this modern era of technology what leads informal businesses to remain invisible before the state’s eye but still working and growing? Why “informal economy” is termed as “black economy” and their “extra-legal activities” as “illegal activities”? The study found that problem is not with the informal economy, the problem was with the state.
Economic Agenda: Tracking Reports
PML-N Economic Agenda: Tracking Report reviews Pakistan’s economic performance by tracking the progress made on the implementation of economic manifesto announced by the party in power in Islamabad, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
Provincial Tracking Report reviews economic performance of three provinces, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh by tracking the progress made on the implementation of economic manifesto announced by the parties in power in these respective provinces i.e. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party-Parliamentarians (PPP-P). Read more...