Providing a non-technical understanding of poor economic growth and performance of the public sector in Pakistan relative to that of peer countries, Vaqar Ahmed’s Pakistan’s Agenda for Economic Reforms serves as an interesting introduction to policy makers, journalists, and civil society organizations interested in carrying out research and advocacy work as part of their social accountability efforts and attempts to improve economic governance in the country. Delving one step ahead from recent literature on Pakistan’s economy, the author focuses on why reform of institutions dealing with economic policy regulation and management is imperative, while simultaneously speculating issues underlying the past decade, and identifying key areas of improvement and pending structural reforms that Pakistan’s economy could pursue for inclusive growth and social justice. Exploring the fragmented structure of energy governance, public expenditure management, trade, transit, and the labor market, this book serves as an important resource for readers wishing to have an understanding of economic challenges and reform options.
Vaqar Ahmed is Deputy Executive Director at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). Earlier, he has served at UNDP as Advisor, and has undertaken assignments with Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and Ministries of Finance, Planning, and Commerce in Pakistan. He has published extensively in areas such as macroeconomic modeling, inclusive growth and infrastructure reforms, trade and taxation policies, regional trade agreements, trade in services, energy governance, border-related trade infrastructure, youth employment, women-led social enterprises, and social safety nets. He is the visiting faculty member and researcher in different international institutes, including the University of Le Havre in France, National University of Ireland, IMT Institute of Advanced Studies in Italy, Rural Economy Research Centre of Ireland, National University of Sciences and Technology in Pakistan, and Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development.