Media Release: “The Bases Of Economic Freedom: A Course For The Beginners” Launched

Lahore May 25, 2009: Alternate Solutions Institute, first free market think tank of Pakistan, has launched and successfully completed the first session of its ambitious project, The Bases of Economic Freedom: A course for the beginners. The course aims at teaching and promoting the virtues of fundamental individual rights and economic freedom. The first ever batch consisting of 21 participants was selected from students, teachers, activists and young professionals who were brought to Ayubia for 5 days’ activities.

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The Bases of Economic Freedom: A course for the beginners, launched

First session of the course comprising 21 participants successfully concluded in Ayubia 

7 day course teaches the virtues of fundamental rights and economic freedom

Lahore May 25, 2009: Alternate Solutions Institute, first free market think tank of Pakistan, has launched and successfully completed the first session of its ambitious project, The Bases of Economic Freedom: A course for the beginners. The course aims at teaching and promoting the virtues of fundamental individual rights and economic freedom. The first ever batch consisting of 21 participants was selected from students, teachers, activists and young professionals who were brought to Ayubia for 5 days’ activities.

The program included lectures, debates and discussions, group work, presentations spanning 8 hours daily, with recreation/excursion on the 5th day. The course consisted of four sessions daily with topics such as Basis of freedom, Basic principles of economics, What is economic freedom, Conditions of economic freedom, Economic and political freedom, economic freedom and prosperity, Democracy and economic freedom, Pakistan and economic freedom. The last segment of the course invites research proposals from the participants to study the economic issue facing Pakistan. This time the proposal from Saima Aslam, Lecturer in Environmental Science University of the Punjab Lahore, was accepted. She will be studying the effects of environmental taxes and regulations on industries in Pakistan for which a scholarship worth Rs.100, 000 will be provided by the Institute.

Dr. Sajid Ali, Chairman Department of Philosophy, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Ali Salman Managing Partner Development Pool Lahore/Director Development Alternate Solutions Institute Lahore, and Dr. Khalil Ahmad Executive Director Alternate Solutions Institute Lahore, acted as Resource Persons. Dr. Khalil Ahmad performed the duties of moderator/facilitator for the course. The funding for the course was provided by Friedrich Naumann Stiftung Pakistan through the Economic Freedom Network Pakistan, a network of like-minded individuals and organizations dedicated to the cause of economic freedom in Pakistan. The Institute hopes to organize the next session of the course in December this year.

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