ECONOMIC GROWTH, SOCIAL CHANGE. AND HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
The purpose of the Annual General Meeting of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists (PSDE) 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 ralism. In Pakistan’s development experience, a number of problems have been tackled which typically confront developing countries in their progress towards a self-reliant economy. These problems are complex and multi dimensional in nature. High rates of population growth, an uneven distribution of income, low literacy rales, poor health facilities, relatively low savings rates, large internal and external deficits, and inadequate physical infra slim lure in energy generation and communication facilities threaten to nullify the modest economic gains made here as in many other developing countries. Despite these problems, the development process in Pakistan has progressed reasonably well though not without encountering great difficulties. The Annual General Meeting of the Society is also an occasion for stock-taking of the work done on these problems at the PIDE and elsewhere, and also for suggesting new initiatives for further research. These Meetings provide a medium of communication between the high priests of the economics profession, the policy-makers, and the interested observers of this debate. The organization of this Meeting has been greatly facilitated by the very generous funding provided by (he Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (Germany). The visits of overseas scholars delivering the Quaid-i- Azam Lecture and the Distinguished Lectures have been funded by this organization. The Seventh Annual General Meeting is being held from January 8 to January 10, 1991, and the major topics of discussion are: population and development issues, human resource development, women and development, fiscal and monetary policies, consumption patterns, poverty and housing conditions, industrial growth, employment issues, issues in monetary economics, manpower planning, economic development, distribution issues in agriculture, resource mobilization in agriculture, environmental management, religion and economy, and international capital flows. The highlight of this year’s Meeting is the Inaugural Address by Mr Sartaj Aziz, Federal Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs. This year’s Presidential Address, “In Pursuit of a New Paradigm”, by Prof. Syed Nawab Haider Naqvi, will focus on the state of development economics today. Many notable economists in the field of development economics will participate in the sessions. These include: Prof. Lawrence R. Klein (Nobel Laureate), the Quaid-i-Azam Lecture on “Financial Options of Economic Development”; Prof. Ansley J. Coale, the Distinguished Lecture on “Some Relation among Cultural Traditions, Nuptiality, and Fertility”; Prof. Ismail Sirageldin, the Distinguished Lecture on “Equity in Health Status and Health Services Utilization: A Household Perspective”; Prof. John W. Mellor, the Distinguished Lecture on “Agricultural Links to Non-agricultural Growth – Urbanization, Employment, and Poverty”; Prof. Mahmood Hasan Khan, the Distinguished Lecture on “Resource Mobilization from Agriculture in Pakistan”; Prof. Gamani Corea the Distinguished Lecture on “International Development Perspectives for the 90s”; Prof. William C. Thiesenhusen, Hi Distinguished Lecture on “Agricultural Development: Have Economists Neglected Some Issues?”; Prof. Robert I Baldwin, the Distinguished Lecture on “The Developing Countries in the Uruguay Round”; and Prof. Gustav I Papanek, the Distinguished Lecture on “Market or Government: Lessons from a Comparative Analysis of the Pakistan and Indian Experience”.
PAPERS PRESENTED AT THE 7th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF PSDE – 1991
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