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  • Consulting
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This center aims to make theoretical and scientific contributions to improve the managerial practices and the performance of companies, governments, and non-profit organizations through advocacy of its research output.

Economic Growth

Pakistan is a lower middle-income country in South Asia. One of the grave concern is its premature de-industrialization; as manufacturing value added has declined from 19% in 2005 to 11.8% in 2020. A nation endowed with plenty of natural resources and 53% young population can’t sustain itself if it is not growing to its full potential. To achieve demographic dividend and sustainable poverty reduction, a structural transformation is required.


Globally, two megatrends are creating windows of opportunity for Pakistan. Firstly, industrial comparative advantages are shifting globally. Labor wages have been rapidly increasing in China. With 85 million light manufacturing jobs, China’s upgrading to higher industries will leave space for many low income developing countries to enter a labor-intensive industrialization development phase. If Indonesia, Vietnam, and other large middle-income countries (MICs) continue their current pace of growth, a similar pattern will arise. Based on global experiences since WWII, any country which captures the window of opportunity of the global relocation of light manufacturing will grow dynamically for several decades and become a middle- or even high-income economy within one or two generations. Secondly, China’s “One Belt and One Road” (OBOR) will create massive opportunities for to collaborate on developing infrastructure and productive capacity. China announced its OBOR Initiative in 2013 to increase China’s ‘connectivity’ with neighboring countries in Southeast Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa. It is the central pillar of China’s foreign policy. As the flagship of the OBOR initiative, the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) confers a variety of benefits to Pakistan as well as boosting Pakistan’s internal and external connectivity. Together, China and Pakistan can build their ‘all weather – time tested’ friendship into a force for regional stability and economic growth.


Therefore, a homegrown Economic Growth Facilitation Framework, to harness the potential of aforementioned megatrends, is required to be carved out through engaging all the stakeholders, e.g. Federal and Provincial Governments, Private Sector, National Security Agencies and Political Parties. This agenda could serve as a minimum common denominator for nation building and instill national cohesion. Core Functions of the Center Research & Policy Advocacy Strategic Review of National Economic Policies Watchdog on Business Government Relations Strategy Consulting Key Areas for Research:


  • Industrialization and Productivity: Research will be carried out to select sunrise industries and policy bottlenecks will be identified to unleash their productivity.
  • Public Private Partnerships (PPP): Areas of opportunity and bottlenecks will be identified to harness the potential of PPP.
  • Trade and Regional Integration: Increasing regional trade and enhanced economic cooperation with neighboring countries to enhance economic stability of the region.
  • Food Security: Agriculture sector and food security of Pakistan. Focusing on output yield issues emanating from income/land disparity among farmers as well as governance.
  • Labor Market Reforms: No country can thrive in “New Economy – IO4 revolution” with the outdated labor laws and market practices. Therefore, Center will conduct research on this front and propose/advocate the reforms in this area.

Circular Economy

With the aim of becoming the premier center on the circular economy in Pakistan, we will provide evidence-based input for public policy. Focus areas are Circular Plastics; Thriving, livable, Resilient & Circular Cities, Biodiversity, Circular Economy for Food, and Circular Fashion. Furthermore, the center will:


  • Bring together stakeholders from the plastics and related sectors for experimentation, R&D and public policy advocacy
  • Develop actionable agenda in partnership with local and/or international institutions
  • Provide data driven input for legislative reforms on plastic waste, recycling industry, Extended Producer Responsibility, products redesigns, etc.
  • Conduct conferences, seminars, symposiums, and trainings of the relevant stakeholders