Islamabad - “Pakistan has all the necessary ingredients to be the next Colombia or Indonesia,” said Daniel F Runde from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

He was speaking at a seminar organised by NUST Global Think Tank Network (GTTN) in collaboration with the CSIS, a premier Washington-based think tank. Distinguished citizens, diplomats, bureaucrats, academics, researchers and students attended the event namely “The U.S.-led International Developments and Effects on Pakistan and the Region”. Senior Fellow at GTTN, Humayun Gauhar moderated the session.

Runde pointed out that Pakistan is a significant South Asian country with massive urbanisation trends and sixty percent population under thirty, which is a healthy indicator of demographic productivity. Pragmatic decisions of the Pakistani government will change country’s fate, bring political stability and give a fillip to the economy. 

The Pakistani Diaspora in the US must also be mobilised in order to optimise their presence in the US and strengthen Pakistan’s image as an emerging country.

The Advisor NUST and President GTTN emphasised that sustainable economic development was crucial for Pakistan’s rise. He emphasised the need for innovation-based higher learning in Pakistan and explained NUST’s contribution through its knowledge ecosystem.

The CSIS delegation considered China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as a watershed opportunity and a turning point for Pakistan, adding that the American investors are also interested to plug in the Pakistani market. Some of the Pakistani participants, however, took this optimism with a pinch of salt.

There was a view that the issues of accountability, performance and governance should be resolved if Pakistan were to progress in substantive terms.

The event marked a productive discourse on the fallout of current geopolitics, its implications for Pakistan and the region at large, and a pragmatic approach to manage challenges. The participants achieved a general consensus of resolving Pakistan’s critical indigenous issues through self-reliance and efficient governance, performance and accountability. 

Other experts who attended the event were Dr Muhammad Akram Sheikh (Professor Emeritus NUST), former Governor Owais Ghani, Ambassador Riaz Khokhar, Ambassador Khalid Mahmood, Ambassador Sarwar Ali Naqvi, Dr Shoaib Suddle, Dr Asad Ali Shah, Dr Ashfaq Hassan Khan, Dr Sania Nishter, Dr Tughral Yamin, Minister Farzana Yaqub, and many other eminent personalities.