Gilgit Baltistan

Beyond Mountains

Exploring The Vision For Tomorrow

17-18th May 2023. Karakoram International University (KIU), Gilgit

Greetings from the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE)

PIDE, in collaboration with the Pakistan Society of Development Economists (PSDE) and Karakoram International University (KIU) is organizing a 02-Day Conference on May 17-18, 2023 at the Karakoram International University (KIU), Gilgit.

The Conference is an initiative to bring together leading economists, public policy experts, practitioners, professionals, academicians, and business, political and thought leaders on a platform to share their expert views on pertaining socio-economic opportunities and challenges in the Gilgit Baltistan (GB) region. The Conference will feature several activities, including expert talks, panel discussions, open mic sessions and book/report launches covering various aspects of the economy, with a laser focus on Gilgit-Baltistan. Collaboration and support from the Government of Gilgit Baltistan, local universities, think tanks, development partners, businesses, financial institutions and experts are imperative to realise the objectives of the conference.


Karakoram International University (KIU), Gilgit

Conference Program Details

DAY 1: Wednesday 17th May 2023
9:00-9-30 AM Registration
9:30-11:00 AM

Vision for Gilgit Baltistan

Speakers: Khalid Kurshid. Mohyuddin Wani, Dr. Attaullah Shah, Shoaib Sultan Khan

Moderator: Dr. Nadeem U1 Haque

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM Tea
11:15 AM-12:45 PM

Charter of Economy

Speakers: Fawad Hasan Fawad, Dr. Tasawar Baig, Dr. Ishrat Husain, Fatehullah Khan Moderator: Saddam Hussein

12:45 PM-1:30 PM Lunch
0130 PM – 03:00 PM

Learning From the Community Development Experience

Speakers: Munira Shaheen, Masood Ahmed, Khayam Beg

Moderator: Muzaffaruddin

03:10 – 04:10 PM

Youth Icons

Speakers: Zahra Noreen, Naila Rizvi, Maryam Batool, Amina Wali

Moderator: Dr. Mehfooz Ullah

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM Cultural Performance
Day 2: Thursday 18th May 2023
900-9-30 AM Registration
930-10:45 AM

Markets, Regulations, Border Trade

Speakers: Aziz Aii Dad, Imran Ali, Shahid, Dr. Saranjam Baig

Moderator: Dr. Ahmed Waqar Qasim

10:45 AM -12:00 PM

Perpetual Energy Crisis

Speakers: Afia Malik, Mohammad Darjaat, Sajjad Haider, Izhar Hunzai, Mohsin Ayub

Moderator: Mehnaz Parveen

12:15 PM -1:15 PM

World Bank: State of Human Capital in Pakistan

Speaker Lire Ersado

1:15 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch
2.00-3:10 PM

Education for Next Century

Speakers: Fouzia Qazi, Prof. Dr. Naeem Khan, Umbreen Arif, Sajjad Khan, Dr. Abdul Hameed Lone 

Moderator: Dr. Shujaat Farooq

3:15 PM-4:25 PM

Tourism: Software and Sustainability

Speakers: Shamshad Hussain, Amjad Ayub, Dr. Rehmat Karim, Mohammad Shaaf Najib, Yasir 

Moderator: Mohammad Armughan

430-530 PM
530 PM
Voice of Youth – Open Mic Session
Closing Ceremony