CHANCING PERSPECTIVES OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN PAKISTAN
The purpose of the Annual General Meetings is to provide a forum where leading professional economists and policy-makers can exchange ideas on the vital economic problems facing Pakistan. With the passage of time, the philosophy behind the process of development has undergone a profound change.
There is now, as never before, an increasing awareness of the complexities involved in the development process which has engendered both pessimism and a greater sense of realism.
The development experience of Pakistan provides ample evidence of the difficulties involved in the efforts to extricate developing societies from the quagmire of poverty and economic deprivation. Here we see the perennial trade-off between growth and equity, the dangers posed by uncontrolled population growth, the consequences of following an inefficient, inwardlooking industrialisation policy and the counter productive nature of accelerated industrialisation at the expense of agricultural growth.
The Annual General Meeting of the Society is the occasion for stocktaking of the work done on these problems at the PIDE and elsewhere. These meetings are also a bridge between the professionals and laymen, as well as between technical researchers and policy-makers.
The first Annual General Meeting is being held from March 17 to March 20, 1984, and the major topics for discussion will cover the following fields;
domestic resources mobilization, economic growth, income distribution and employment generation, problem of rural transformation, industrial growth and economic change, human capital formation and economics of education, population growth and economic change and management of the public
PAPERS PRESENTED AT THE FIRST ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF PSDE – 1984
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