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25 May, 2009
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.

04 Mar, 2009
Poor Show

Over a period of five years between 1999-2004, the government of Pakistan spent Rs.1 trillion on poverty reduction. According to the Finance Ministry, Poverty Reduction Special Programme included budgetary and non-budgetary expenditures both by the federal and provincial governments.

04 Mar, 2009
How to Privatize Successfully - Part II

If privatisation needs to be done, it has to be done because it is the decisive step in transforming the economic system. Regarding foreign help Dr Klaus is very blunt: I think that the typical foreign help was sending would-be advisors and consultants. It became one of the most profitable businesses in the 1990s - to become a consultant and advisor in the transforming societies.

04 Mar, 2009
How to Privatize Successfully - Part I

Changing the economic system is not an easy task. And, of course, it is more complex when carried out half-heartedly. As privatisation is only a part of this process, it may not succeed if done in an isolated manner. It needs certain other changes and a competitive environment to bear fruit.

04 Mar, 2009
Economic Progress, Stability are Key to Pakistan's Future

President General Musharraf and former prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif all claim they should be given another chance. The question is whether any of our discredited potential leaders can see that the economic tools such as property rights (including intellectual property), lowering trade barriers and cutting corruption and bureaucracy, are their only hope of saving the country and staying in power.

04 Mar, 2009
Pakistan: A Hope on its Deathbed

This article argues that present circumstances require that the Supreme Court of Pakistan must fulfill its legal and constitutional duty to protect not only the provisions but the spirit of the Constitution also. If it does not do so and does not pave the way for the rule of the right, we will be going to have another 60 or 160 years' rule of the might in Pakistan.

04 Mar, 2009
Myth of Economic Imperialism

The article argues that the notion of economic imperialism is but a myth. Indeed, it is our own being that we need to analyze and evaluate first. For any sane person, it is quite difficult to understand how the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) force us to be exploited! How the United States or the European Union or the G-7 or the World Trade Organization (WTO) compels us to become its stooges? How can they exploit us, unless some of us are not prepared to be their partners in such endeavors? If such exploitation is taking place, we have only ourselves to blame for it -- we should take the responsibility on our own shoulders rather than blaming others.

04 Mar, 2009
Responsible Choices

This article discusses continuous price hikes of essential items in Pakistan and suggests a non-governmental way out highlighting responsible consumer behavior. The main cause of price-hikes is government itself. So how ridiculous it would be to plead before it or urge it to reduce or control prices. That is why the prescriptions suggested in this article are directly meant for us consumers.

04 Mar, 2009
The Benefits of Free Trade

Had history followed this course, no economic and social progress would have been possible. For instance, if to save the jobs of the typists or say calligraphists or in like cases government had imposed duties on the new products and restrictions on their use were we able to go ahead with computers and information technology? Akbar, the great moghul emperor, was shown an early printing press by a foreigner. He rejected its use on the same pretext that our calligraphers would be rendered jobless.

04 Mar, 2009
Economic Freedom Report 2007: Pakistan Climbs the Ladder of Economic Freedom

Pakistan climbs the ladder of Economic Freedom scoring 6 points ranking 101 out of 141 countries; leaps big in Legal Structure and Security of Property Rights area by improving from 2.5 to 4.4; loses big in Access in Sound Money by sliding down from 6.4 to 6.0.

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