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​


Latest published

Energy reform plan: Déjà vu all over again? 

According to recent data publicized by the government, the energy sector’s circular debt will increase by Rs436 billion by June 2021. This implies that the total stock of circular debt at the end of the ongoing fiscal year will amount to an unprecedented Rs2.6 trillion.

March 16, 2021

Who is failing Pakistani startups?

It would be unfair to say that COVID-19 is the only factor putting the now and tomorrow of startups in Pakistan in danger. Most issues preventing sustainability of these firms have been around since long.

February 22, 2021

COVID-19: More job losses coming 

As the timeline of the pandemic extends and with developing countries likely to receive medical solutions with a delay relative to advanced countries, more job losses cannot be ruled out. 

December 22, 2020

Economic impacts for Pakistan of the coronavirus second wave

The second wave of COVID-19 is beginning to show grave consequences for the lives and economy of Pakistan. Contrary to the first half of this year, the country is now consistently witnessing a higher number of daily deaths.

December 07, 2020

Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves buildup and what it means

Pakistan’s forex reserves are now comfortably placed at around $20 billion and are being projected to remain on the upward trajectory during the medium term. This has contributed to good business sentiment and stability in the currency value.  

November 18, 2020

The heavy economic cost of the Pakistan Democratic Movement

There are various channels through which economic losses materialize in a politically uncertain environment. The instability of the political system in a country is associated with lower productive capacities, reduced investment and trade flows.

November 08, 2020

COVID-19 and Pakistan’s rising debt

Tweet: As Pakistan experiences second COVID-19 wave, the pandemic will continue testing limits of rule-based fiscal policy. A more robust debt management and oversight system must be in place, writes Dr Vaqar Ahmed

October 15, 2020