Dr. Vaqar Ahmed is joint executive director at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). He has served as an adviser
to the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and has undertaken assignments with the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, and the Finance, Planning and Commerce Ministries in Pakistan.
It is widely understood that the United Nations Agenda 2030, which is a framework for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will be difficult to achieve if only traditional instruments of implementing development programs in economically backward countries are used.
Today several developing economies find themselves on the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) watch list, not knowing fully why they are part of this and how something within their national boundary may have contributed to the financing of terrorism.
The unfortunate postponement of the 19th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) has led to a complete deadlock on potential agreements on energy, trade, transit and investment.
With the upcoming provisional results of Pakistan’s population census, the country may now be the world’s sixth most populous. The preliminary results show a total population of 207.8 million, compared to 132.4 million in 1998. Some 49 percent of the population are women.