Mr. Zafar Masud at OGDCL-IPRI Collaboration Event

Oil Giant OGDCL Partners with IPRI to Bolster Economic Security Research

In a strategic move that bridges the gap between industry and academia, the Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) has announced a collaborative effort with the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) to establish an Endowment of Economic Security Chair. This partnership signifies a crucial step towards strengthening research on critical issues that directly impact Pakistan’s economic well-being.

The newly established OGDCL-IPRI Chair will spearhead research initiatives across a diverse range of themes with significant implications for national economic security. The research agenda will delve into the following key areas:

  • Circular Economy and Green Entrepreneurship: The Chair will explore avenues to promote a sustainable economic model in Pakistan. This model will prioritize minimizing waste and maximizing resource efficiency, while simultaneously nurturing the growth of eco-friendly business ventures. This focus on sustainability aligns with global trends and can position Pakistan’s economy for long-term success in a resource-conscious world.
  • Decarbonization of Oil and Gas Value Chains: Researchers will investigate methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the entire oil and gas cycle, encompassing exploration, production, and transportation. This research is vital as Pakistan seeks to balance its reliance on hydrocarbons with the growing urgency of addressing climate change.
  • Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) in Corporate Governance: The Chair will examine how Pakistani corporations can integrate ESG principles into their core decision-making processes. This will promote responsible and sustainable business practices throughout the corporate landscape, fostering a more ethical and environmentally conscious business environment in Pakistan.
  • Economic Viability of Renewable Energy Alternatives in Oil-Dependent Economies: A crucial area of focus will be assessing the feasibility and economic impact of transitioning towards renewable energy sources in a nation heavily reliant on oil and gas. This research can provide valuable insights for policymakers navigating the complex challenge of diversifying Pakistan’s energy mix towards a more secure and sustainable future.
  • Economic Implications of Shale Gas Development: Researchers will evaluate the potential economic benefits and drawbacks of exploring and harnessing shale gas reserves within Pakistan. Shale gas development has the potential to unlock new energy resources, but it’s crucial to carefully assess the environmental and economic implications before large-scale development.
  • Exploration & Production (E&P), Climate Change, Inflationary Trends, and Mining: The Chair will conduct in-depth research on these interconnected elements that significantly influence Pakistan’s economic trajectory. Understanding these complex relationships is essential for formulating effective policies that promote sustainable economic growth and mitigate the risks posed by climate change and inflationary pressures.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, OGDCL Chairman Zafar Masud underscored the critical need for research-driven solutions. He emphasized the importance of IPRI’s role in “researching and making recommendations to achieve the much-needed import indigenisation in the energy sector.” Indigenization refers to the process of reducing reliance on imported resources and promoting domestic production. By fostering research into areas like renewable energy and shale gas development, the OGDCL-IPRI Chair can contribute significantly to this goal, enhancing Pakistan’s energy security.

Mr. Masud further elaborated on the significance of reforms to attract investments in the Exploration & Production (E&P) and mining sectors. He advocated for the establishment of “exclusive regulatory bodies and alternate dispute resolution centers” as a means to create a more investor-friendly environment. A robust regulatory framework and streamlined dispute resolution mechanisms are essential for attracting the investments needed to develop Pakistan’s energy and mineral resources.

This collaborative effort between OGDCL and IPRI represents a significant milestone in harnessing academic expertise to address pressing economic challenges. The research conducted under the OGDCL-IPRI Chair has the potential to provide valuable insights and well-founded recommendations that can inform policy decisions and propel Pakistan towards a more secure and sustainable economic future.

Beyond the immediate economic benefits, this partnership fosters a culture of knowledge exchange between industry and academia. Researchers at IPRI will gain valuable insights from OGDCL’s real-world experience in the energy sector. This exposure to industry best practices and challenges can inform the research agenda and ensure its practical relevance to the needs of the Pakistani economy. Conversely, OGDCL can benefit from the unbiased research and fresh perspectives offered by IPRI’s academics. This cross-pollination of knowledge holds the potential to drive innovation and identify effective solutions for long-term economic security.

The success of the OGDCL-IPRI Chair will be closely monitored, with the potential to serve as a model for future collaborations between industry leaders and academic institutions in Pakistan. Such partnerships can play a crucial role in tackling complex economic challenges, fostering a more sustainable and knowledge-based economy, and propelling the nation towards a brighter economic future. The collaborative efforts of OGDCL and IPRI can serve as a blueprint for future industry-academia partnerships, paving the way for a new era of innovation and knowledge-driven economic development in Pakistan.

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OGDCL has collaborated with Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) for an Endowment of Economic Security Chair. This collaboration is a classic example of interaction between the corporate sector and academia.

The research portfolio will be spread over the themes of Circular Economy and Green Entrepreneurship in Pakistan; De-carbonization of Oil and Gas value chains; Environmental Social Governance: New Age of Corporate Governance in Pakistan; Economic Viability of Renewable Energy Alternatives in Oil-Dependent Economies; Economic Implications of Shale Gas Development; and Exploration & Production (EP), Climate Change, Inflationary trends and mining.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman Board of OGDCL, Zafar Masud, urged IPRI to research and make recommendations to achieve the much needed import indigenisation in energy sector. He also emphasised to look towards reforms to attract investment in E&P and Mining sectors, including establishment of exclusive regulatory bodies and alternate dispute resolution centres.

Source: OGDCL Facebook

I’m honored to announce that OGDCL Official has partnered with the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) to endow the Economic Security Chair. This collaboration exemplifies the synergy between the corporate sector and academia. Our research will cover vital themes including Circular Economy and Green Entrepreneurship in Pakistan, Decarbonization of Oil and Gas value chains, Environmental Social Governance, Economic Viability of Renewable Energy Alternatives, and more. Chairman OGDCL, Zafar Masud, emphasized the importance of our research in achieving energy sector indigenization and attracting investment through regulatory reforms. Excited to contribute to these impactful initiatives!

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