CTTI: Capitalizing on Pakistan’s Youth Quotient

While investment in youth is a promising and rewarding one for the economic and social progress of the nation, unfortunately, in Pakistan, such investment is limited, despite 60 percent of its population being below the age of 30. We look at the role one training institute set up by by the FWO with Japanese cooperation, Construction Technology Training Institute (CTTI), plays to help youth employment through prioritizing vocational skills.

Repeating history in Afghanistan

Former CIA station chief in Pakistan argues that fall of Kabul was inevitable because US and NATO misjudged strength of Taliban movement, imposed a system that was alien to locals and did not take regional players into confidence for a sustainable political model.

What the world does not want to understand about Taliban & Afghanistan – Moeed Pirzada

It was not a reclusive Mullah Omar, but Spanish- origin American philosopher, George Santayana, who had warned the world: "Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it."

HBL Plaza: A Building that became a Symbol of Trust

Recognized as one of the prominent buildings of Pakistan, HBL Plaza (1971-2021) continues to be an important landmark of the country that has become a symbol of public trust and will continue to inspire generations for the next 50 years.

Jahangir Piracha on Working towards a better, Sustainable Future

Jahangir Piracha, CEO Engro Polymer & Chemicals, explains why the government needs to focus on the country's still nascent Petrochemical sector, how the company is developing the PVC market in Pakistan, and how this is crucial for improving long term sustainability.

Working together to create a circular economy

The issue of packaging waste, notably plastic waste, is of particular public concern. About 3.3 million tons of plastic waste are produced each year in Pakistan.

Economy of Afghan Taliban.2: Do they desperately need West and IMF?

Authors who have worked extensively with international financial institutions question if Taliban.2 of 21st century desperately need US and western institutions, or they possess an alternate system of their own? Very interesting and provocative read!

Time for a Regional Economic Package for Afghanistan

Former Chairman Board of Investment argues that Pakistan needs to play a key role in structuring and mediating a strategic regional support package for Afghanistan. While too much should not be expected from Western-influenced multilateral agencies, the regional multilateral system and countries such as China and Qatar may fill immediate funding gaps.

Afghanistan: America’s exit opens up huge regional possibilities

Pakistan’s Chairman Senate Defense Committee argues three main elements will determine whether the momentous developments of August 15th mark a genuinely new chapter and end 42-years of constant conflicts since 1979. How the Taliban handle the reconciliation challenge, how they handle the terrorists on their territory and finally how smooth the country transitions from military might to economic connectivity.

NLC goes international with new TIR admission

Pakistan's premier multimodal logistics organization National Logistics Cell has achieved a major milestone in obtaining Transports Internationaux Routiers (TIR) admission. With this in mind, the organization plans to play its role in expanding Pakistan's trade routes to Central Asian Republics and Turkey.

Unfolding climate crisis: A call for urgent policy action!

Dr. Omer Javed, Economist, urges the world to come up with consistent macroeconomic policies to combat climate change. He presents the ambitious tree plantation work done by Pakistan as a potential model for others to follow.

Afghanistan: Lessons from history

Wars can be compared to earthquakes. Some are violent and heavy in human losses, and some are relatively short and painless, but always under the surface, the tectonic plates shift and will not sit the same again.