Columnist

Dr. Vaqar Ahmed

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.

Twitter: @vaqarahmed​

 
 

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The Cabinet reshuffle and Pakistan’s economic destiny

A major change in Pakistan’s federal cabinet within the first eight months of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party in power hasn’t gone down well with his voters. Three things came to light from the subsequent media content following the reshuffle.

April 29, 2019

Beyond good intentions: Making 'Ehsaas' deliver

Prime Minister Imran Khan recently launched an 80 billion rupee poverty reduction program called Ehsaas, which means percipience, and which aims to provide the poorest of Pakistan’s poor with shelter, food, education, health and amenities including clean drinking water. 

April 24, 2019

Time to reimagine Pakistan-Saudi economic ties

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has brought to Pakistan what is being called a “record investment package” to provide welcome relief for its cash-strapped ally. He also hopes to address regional geopolitical challenges. 

February 17, 2019

An infrastructural face-lift for Pakistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan gave a detailed, at times personal speech at the World Government Summit in Dubai on Sunday, detailing his vision for a Pakistan built on accountability, justice, and meritocracy. 

February 13, 2019