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Conversations on issues of development policy in Pakistan and the rest of South Asia. Political economy subjects that are seldom featured in the media will be taken up.

Latest Episodes

The Role of Government (ENGLISH)

Often ignored, the Role of Government in an economy is a topicthat every economics course should discuss in detail. Because it is seldom discussed, economists and policymakers often pile on all manner of responsibility on an already overstretched government placing an increasing burden on failing governance. Many a public commentator pronounce the government to be the solution to all societal problems. No wonder the number of useless government departments multiply. My guest today Javed Hasan has considerable clarity and substantial reading/research on this important issue. Javed is a finance professional educated at the London Business School with a wide experience of financial markets.Currently he heads the federal government initiative for skill training, NAVTTC. The discussion fleshed out several important themes in this area and energized both Javed and me to take up this topic again in future episodes. This conversation raises several important question and issues. We recommen...

41 MIN3 days ago
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The Role of Government (ENGLISH)

President Ghani and his vision for Afghanistan and the Region (ENGLISH)

At the request of President Ashraf Ghani I visited Kabul and met with him and some of this team that is seeking to build a new Afghanistan. While I was very impressed by what I saw, I persuaded President Ghani to do an interview to explain in his own words what his plans, policies and visions are. President Ghani a former Professor at Johns Hopkins and a World Bank Professional as well as an author of a book entitled, Fixing Failed States has worked hard to develop Afghanistan. Since much of his research work was on Pakistan, he knows the country and its people very well. He has a broad vision of the region and is keen to develop Afghanistan and make it once again the “roundabout” of Asia.

51 MINMAY 15
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President Ghani and his vision for Afghanistan and the Region (ENGLISH)

MasterPlanning cities--a view from Kabul (ENGLISH)

Pushed by donors every Pakistani city is busy developing masterplans, an obsolete planning instrument. Masterplans freeze city development into outmoded concepts that planners left behind and makes the city planners and zones unable to respond to the demands of rapidly changing population movements and changing tastes. Our city managers and planners of cities are continuously involved in masterplans because of availability of donor funding. They are not even working to debate the subject with informed citizens. I am in Kabul at the invitation of the president to meet people and learn about Afghanistan. President Ghani has assembled a first rate thinking team and they are busy developing a deep reform of state and legal infrastructure. More on that later. During this visit a met a very bright and thoughtful minister for urban development and land. His views on city planning and masterplanning are recorded here. They are worth listening to. Don’t forget if you want me to continue doi...

13 MINMAY 12
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MasterPlanning cities--a view from Kabul (ENGLISH)

listen to an Olympian: "Why there is no sports industry in Pakistan?" (URDU)

Pakistan is a story of missed opportunities thanks to excessive bureaucratic controls. We have talked of the sports industry as another opportunity missed in a previous episode. Unlike the past, we produce few sports champions. Despite a stadium or even 2 in many cities, there is no competitive sports or a sports industry. Yet we have many sports federations with considerable funding controlled by government favorites-- bureaucrats earlier players, bureaucrats or generals. All of these federations are bureaucracies stifling talent and the growth of a sports market. Yet the sports industry could be a huge employer. Each small football team in the west employs about a 1500 people at a minimum and offers indirect employment—stadiums ticket sales, snack, and memorabilia sales—to 1000s of others. Just the growth of city teams in large cities would employ a over a million people. Today we listen to a genuine champion on this issue--Olympian and former Pakistan hockey team captain Salman...

51 MIN2018 DEC 10
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listen to an Olympian: "Why there is no sports industry in Pakistan?" (URDU)

UMT, Research, SMEs and Industry (ENGLISH)

On a visit to the UMT I had a very interesting discussion on the vision and the people behind University of Management technology. The discussion also went into the idea of and the role of research, the role of the business school and the economy. Listen to this and let us reinvigorate research and debate into change. Listen to this fascinating discussion. There is much to learn and research here. You can also look at my book “Looking Back: How Pakistan Became an Asian Tiger in 2050” now available in hard copy in Pakistan here http://www.libertybooks.com/index.php?route=product/search&search=Nadeem%20ul%20haque&category_id=0Soft copy here.https://www.amazon.com/Looking-Back-Pakistan-Became-Asian-ebook/dp/B06X94135J/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488133596&sr=1-1&keywords=nadeem+haque Listen and learn and write some papers on this subject. Don’t forget to cite Soch Bichar Please subscribe to Soch Bichar if you like it. Tell you friends about it. That is the only way to grow a pub...

32 MIN2018 DEC 5
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UMT, Research, SMEs and Industry (ENGLISH)

Imperial Cities--unlivable with whimsical mega projects (ENGLISH and URDU)

City planning professionals—Khurram Farid and Nadeem Khurshid and a profession of city development, Imran Mohammed talk to us today about the sad plight of our cities. Listen to them tell us why our cities are so unlivable, how they are4 beholden to cars and captured by the rich. Why whimsical projects like the metro are so expensive as well as badly designed and executed. How cities, the most important invention known to man, have been messed up by the hubris of our princely political elite and colonial civil service who run cities without knowing their importance or potential. Cities are the engines of growth. But in Pakistan their potential has been badly suppressed for decades. Wake up listen to this and start reviewing and learning about cities. For the social scientists here, we need more research and thought on cities.

55 MIN2018 NOV 7
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Imperial Cities--unlivable with whimsical mega projects (ENGLISH and URDU)

LRBT--Philanthropy at its best (ENGLISH and URDU)

I visited LRBT and was impressed by its work and the number of people it was treating absolutely free. So please listen to Colonel Moeen, the graceful and stern manager of the Lahore facility talk passionately about LRBT, its history and current workings. I urge young researchers to write about such successes as well. I was impressed by the work of LRBT, probably Pakistan's best philanthropy.

4 MIN2018 OCT 30
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LRBT--Philanthropy at its best (ENGLISH and URDU)

Telecommunications and development (English)

Today, I talk to Mr. Parvez Iftikhar an extremely able telecom professional who has served in many capacities to make the extremely efficient telecom that we are all very proud of. I was very dismayed to learn that our apparent success in this area may not be sustainable because of several conceptual flaws. This is an extremely important area which most laymen as well as development experts know little of. I learnt a lot form Parvez.I hope you will pay attention and learn too. I also hope that some of you will also direct some research and thinking towards this sector so our policy can be more informed.

50 MIN2018 OCT 27
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Telecommunications and development (English)

BOP Crisis Again (English)

IMF program yet again! Pakistan never seems to leave teh emergency ward. Ali Khizar talks to us about the impending crisis and what can be done. Will we ever do teh necessary to get Pakitan out of the emergency ward or are we an addict?

28 MIN2018 OCT 17
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BOP Crisis Again (English)

Feasibility of the government's 5 millions Houses Program ENGLISH)

The 5 million housing program is in. it is an important initiative and Economists should be analyzing it. Ali Khizar who heads up the Business Recorder research Unit has an analysis of the new policy. We discuss: Should the government build houses? Should government land be given? Should banks extend credit? Are there simple ‘win-win” private sector solutions?

42 MIN2018 OCT 16
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Feasibility of the government's 5 millions Houses Program ENGLISH)

Latest Episodes

The Role of Government (ENGLISH)

Often ignored, the Role of Government in an economy is a topicthat every economics course should discuss in detail. Because it is seldom discussed, economists and policymakers often pile on all manner of responsibility on an already overstretched government placing an increasing burden on failing governance. Many a public commentator pronounce the government to be the solution to all societal problems. No wonder the number of useless government departments multiply. My guest today Javed Hasan has considerable clarity and substantial reading/research on this important issue. Javed is a finance professional educated at the London Business School with a wide experience of financial markets.Currently he heads the federal government initiative for skill training, NAVTTC. The discussion fleshed out several important themes in this area and energized both Javed and me to take up this topic again in future episodes. This conversation raises several important question and issues. We recommen...

41 MIN3 days ago
Comments
The Role of Government (ENGLISH)

President Ghani and his vision for Afghanistan and the Region (ENGLISH)

At the request of President Ashraf Ghani I visited Kabul and met with him and some of this team that is seeking to build a new Afghanistan. While I was very impressed by what I saw, I persuaded President Ghani to do an interview to explain in his own words what his plans, policies and visions are. President Ghani a former Professor at Johns Hopkins and a World Bank Professional as well as an author of a book entitled, Fixing Failed States has worked hard to develop Afghanistan. Since much of his research work was on Pakistan, he knows the country and its people very well. He has a broad vision of the region and is keen to develop Afghanistan and make it once again the “roundabout” of Asia.

51 MINMAY 15
Comments
President Ghani and his vision for Afghanistan and the Region (ENGLISH)

MasterPlanning cities--a view from Kabul (ENGLISH)

Pushed by donors every Pakistani city is busy developing masterplans, an obsolete planning instrument. Masterplans freeze city development into outmoded concepts that planners left behind and makes the city planners and zones unable to respond to the demands of rapidly changing population movements and changing tastes. Our city managers and planners of cities are continuously involved in masterplans because of availability of donor funding. They are not even working to debate the subject with informed citizens. I am in Kabul at the invitation of the president to meet people and learn about Afghanistan. President Ghani has assembled a first rate thinking team and they are busy developing a deep reform of state and legal infrastructure. More on that later. During this visit a met a very bright and thoughtful minister for urban development and land. His views on city planning and masterplanning are recorded here. They are worth listening to. Don’t forget if you want me to continue doi...

13 MINMAY 12
Comments
MasterPlanning cities--a view from Kabul (ENGLISH)

listen to an Olympian: "Why there is no sports industry in Pakistan?" (URDU)

Pakistan is a story of missed opportunities thanks to excessive bureaucratic controls. We have talked of the sports industry as another opportunity missed in a previous episode. Unlike the past, we produce few sports champions. Despite a stadium or even 2 in many cities, there is no competitive sports or a sports industry. Yet we have many sports federations with considerable funding controlled by government favorites-- bureaucrats earlier players, bureaucrats or generals. All of these federations are bureaucracies stifling talent and the growth of a sports market. Yet the sports industry could be a huge employer. Each small football team in the west employs about a 1500 people at a minimum and offers indirect employment—stadiums ticket sales, snack, and memorabilia sales—to 1000s of others. Just the growth of city teams in large cities would employ a over a million people. Today we listen to a genuine champion on this issue--Olympian and former Pakistan hockey team captain Salman...

51 MIN2018 DEC 10
Comments
listen to an Olympian: "Why there is no sports industry in Pakistan?" (URDU)

UMT, Research, SMEs and Industry (ENGLISH)

On a visit to the UMT I had a very interesting discussion on the vision and the people behind University of Management technology. The discussion also went into the idea of and the role of research, the role of the business school and the economy. Listen to this and let us reinvigorate research and debate into change. Listen to this fascinating discussion. There is much to learn and research here. You can also look at my book “Looking Back: How Pakistan Became an Asian Tiger in 2050” now available in hard copy in Pakistan here http://www.libertybooks.com/index.php?route=product/search&search=Nadeem%20ul%20haque&category_id=0Soft copy here.https://www.amazon.com/Looking-Back-Pakistan-Became-Asian-ebook/dp/B06X94135J/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1488133596&sr=1-1&keywords=nadeem+haque Listen and learn and write some papers on this subject. Don’t forget to cite Soch Bichar Please subscribe to Soch Bichar if you like it. Tell you friends about it. That is the only way to grow a pub...

32 MIN2018 DEC 5
Comments
UMT, Research, SMEs and Industry (ENGLISH)

Imperial Cities--unlivable with whimsical mega projects (ENGLISH and URDU)

City planning professionals—Khurram Farid and Nadeem Khurshid and a profession of city development, Imran Mohammed talk to us today about the sad plight of our cities. Listen to them tell us why our cities are so unlivable, how they are4 beholden to cars and captured by the rich. Why whimsical projects like the metro are so expensive as well as badly designed and executed. How cities, the most important invention known to man, have been messed up by the hubris of our princely political elite and colonial civil service who run cities without knowing their importance or potential. Cities are the engines of growth. But in Pakistan their potential has been badly suppressed for decades. Wake up listen to this and start reviewing and learning about cities. For the social scientists here, we need more research and thought on cities.

55 MIN2018 NOV 7
Comments
Imperial Cities--unlivable with whimsical mega projects (ENGLISH and URDU)

LRBT--Philanthropy at its best (ENGLISH and URDU)

I visited LRBT and was impressed by its work and the number of people it was treating absolutely free. So please listen to Colonel Moeen, the graceful and stern manager of the Lahore facility talk passionately about LRBT, its history and current workings. I urge young researchers to write about such successes as well. I was impressed by the work of LRBT, probably Pakistan's best philanthropy.

4 MIN2018 OCT 30
Comments
LRBT--Philanthropy at its best (ENGLISH and URDU)

Telecommunications and development (English)

Today, I talk to Mr. Parvez Iftikhar an extremely able telecom professional who has served in many capacities to make the extremely efficient telecom that we are all very proud of. I was very dismayed to learn that our apparent success in this area may not be sustainable because of several conceptual flaws. This is an extremely important area which most laymen as well as development experts know little of. I learnt a lot form Parvez.I hope you will pay attention and learn too. I also hope that some of you will also direct some research and thinking towards this sector so our policy can be more informed.

50 MIN2018 OCT 27
Comments
Telecommunications and development (English)

BOP Crisis Again (English)

IMF program yet again! Pakistan never seems to leave teh emergency ward. Ali Khizar talks to us about the impending crisis and what can be done. Will we ever do teh necessary to get Pakitan out of the emergency ward or are we an addict?

28 MIN2018 OCT 17
Comments
BOP Crisis Again (English)

Feasibility of the government's 5 millions Houses Program ENGLISH)

The 5 million housing program is in. it is an important initiative and Economists should be analyzing it. Ali Khizar who heads up the Business Recorder research Unit has an analysis of the new policy. We discuss: Should the government build houses? Should government land be given? Should banks extend credit? Are there simple ‘win-win” private sector solutions?

42 MIN2018 OCT 16
Comments
Feasibility of the government's 5 millions Houses Program ENGLISH)

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