2nd RASTA Conference

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Tentative Programme

DAY 1 | WEDNESDAY 01ST JUNE 2022

REGISTRATION                                                                                                        

0830 – 0900

INAUGURAL SESSION                                                                                             

0900 – 1000

RASTA PROGRESS REPORT
Faheem Jehangir,
Project Director RASTA

RASTA CHAIRMAN’S ADDRESS  
Nadeem Ul Haque,
Vice Chancellor PIDE

INAUGURAL ADDRESS
Chief Guest

I.  POWER SECTOR: AN ENIGMA WITH NO EASY SOLUTION            

1000 – 1130

Tahir Basharat Cheema
Former MD, PEPCO & Research Team

Tea Break  1130 – 1200

II.  MITIGATING TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN ISLAMABAD                        

1200 – 1330

Idrees Khawaja
Chief of Research, PIDE & Research Team
Policy Brief

RASTA SHOWCASE-I: SOCIAL CAPITAL                                                              

1330 – 1345

HOW DO PAKISTANIS ‘BOND, BRIDGE AND LINK’ WITH EACH OTHER: UNDERSTANDING THE COUNTRY’S SOCIAL CAPITAL

Durre Nayab
Director (Research), PIDE Islamabad

Lunch Break  1345 – 1430

III.  PUBLIC FINANCE MANAGEMENT                                                            

1430 – 1630

CITY DEVELOPMENT PRODUCT: DATA ARCHITECTURE FOR SUSTAINED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN PAKISTAN
Mohammad Ahmad (PhD Candidate, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, USA)
Paper, Policy Brief

REVISITING URBAN IMMOVABLE PROPERTY VALUATION: AN APPRAISAL OF SPATIAL HETEROGENEITIES USING BIG DATA IN PUNJAB
Shoaib Khalid (Assistant Professor, GC University Faisalabad)
Paper, Policy Brief

ESTIMATING THE DISTRIBUTIONAL BURDEN OF INDIRECT TAXES IN PAKISTAN
Iffat Ara (PhD Candidate, AERC, University of Karachi)
Paper, Policy Brief

EVALUATION OF DIFFERENT TAX REFORM PROPOSALS
Muhammad Nadeem Sarwar (PhD Candidate, IBA Karachi)
Paper, Policy Brief

DISCUSSANTS:                

(1) MURTAZA HAIDER
Professor, Ryerson University, Toronto Canada

(2) ATHAR MAQSOOD AHMED
Professor of Economics, NUST

Tea  1630

 

DAY 2 | THURSDAY 02ND JUNE 2022

IV.  FOOD SECURITY AND AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT  

0900 – 1100

HOUSEHOLD MARKET PARTICIPATION ACCESS AND FARM PRODUCTIVITY IN AJK: EVIDENCE FROM FARM HOUSEHOLD DATA
Khush Bukhat Zahid (Subject Matter Specialist, Department of Agriculture, AJ&K)
Paper, Policy Brief

DYNAMICS OF FOOD PRICES IN MAJOR CITIES OF PAKISTAN
Nigar Zehra (Research Economist, AERC, University of Karachi)
Paper, Policy Brief

IMPACT OF MAJOR PUBLIC POLICIES ON COTTON PRODUCTION IN PAKISTAN
Irfan Ahmad Baig (Professor, MNS University of Agriculture, Multan)
Paper, Policy Brief

ENHANCING TRANSBOUNDARY WATER COOPERATION THROUGH ECONOMIC VALZUATION OF BIODIVERSITY & ECOSYSTEM SERVICES IN KABUL RIVER BASIN
Hameed Jamali (Assistant Professor, IMSciences, Peshawar)
Paper, Policy Brief

DISCUSSANTS:                

(1) IZZA AFTAB
Assistant Professor (Economics),
Beaconhouse National University, Lahore

(2) ABDUL SALAM LODHI
Professor/Director University College of Zhob, BUITEMS

Tea Break 1100 – 1130

V.  REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT OF ‘PROFESSIONS’ IN PAKISTAN

1130 – 1300

Umer Ijaz Gilani
Partner at The Law and Policy Chambers, Islamabad
Paper, Policy Brief

RASTA SHOWCASE-II: PIDE CITYPEDIA                                                             

1300 – 1315

PIDE CITYPEDIA: URBAN SPRAWL & PUBLIC SERVICES IN OUR CITIES

Faheem Jehangir
Senior Research Economist, PIDE Islamabad

Lunch Break  1315 – 1400

VI.  GOVERNANCE & PUBLIC SERVICE DELIVERY                        

1400 – 1600

DECENTRALISATION’S EFFECTS ON HEALTH: THEORY AND EVIDENCE FROM BALOCHISTAN, PAKISTAN
Manzoor Ahmed (Associate Professor, Lasbela University, Uthal, Balochistan)
Paper, Policy Brief

THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF SCHOOL EDUCATION IN POST-18TH AMENDMENT IN BALOCHISTAN
Rafiullah Kakar (Director, P&D, Government of Balochistan, Quetta)
Paper, Policy Brief

MEASURING THE ACCESSIBILITY BENEFITS OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT: AN EVIDENCE FROM LAHORE ORANGE LINE METRO TRAIN
Alvina Sabah Idrees (Associate Professor, GC University, Lahore)
Paper, Policy Brief

THE ONGOING CRISIS IN THE SUGAR INDUSTRY: THE IMPLICATIONS OF LEGISLATION AND NEED FOR DEREGULATION
Ahsan Jamal Pirzada (Senior Partner, J&J Advocates & Legal Consultants, Islamabad)
Paper, Policy Brief

DISCUSSANTS:                

(1) ZAFAR UL HASAN
Joint Chief Economist, M/o PD&SI

(2) ZAHID ASGHAR
Professor of Economics, QAU Islamabad

CLOSING SESSION  1600  

LESSONS, WAY FORWARD & VOTE OF THANKS

NADEEM UL HAQUE
Vice Chancellor PIDE / Chairman RAC, RASTA

Tea  1615