Mr. Zafar Masud will be at EconFest — May 26, 2024


Mr. Zafar Masud (President & CEO – BOP) will be speaking at EconFest on Sunday, 26th May 2024, from 01:30 PM to 02:30 PM at the Gandhara Citizen’s Club, Islamabad.

Renowned for his visionary leadership and profound expertise in the banking sector, Mr. Masud will shed light on the topic of ‘Geonomics,’ discuss economics and its transformative implications for Pakistan’s economic landscape.

Session will go live on BOP Facebook page:


Everyone in Pakistan is worried about the economy. Whether it’s a social gathering, a friends’ meet up or a TV talk show, conversation drifts towards the economy. We all know that the economic crisis in Pakistan is a tale as old as its emergence in the league of nations. The country that was once considered to become the next Asian Tiger is now struggling to keep its head above water.

Every successive government promises to make amends in ways that would make the economy grow and improve the living standard of common people, but challenges remain at large. Realising the need of time, the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) – in collaboration with the Research for Social Transformation & Advancement (RASTA) programme and the Pakistan Society of Development Economists (PSDE) – held the first-ever Economy Festival (EconFest) on Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th of March 2023 at the Alhamra Art Centre, Lahore. The two day EconFest event offerred opportunities to learn and debate some real issues of our economy in 34 thought-provoking sessions featuring more than 100 distinguished speakers.

See also: Zafar Masud will be Speaking at Econfest 2023

EconFest represents a collaborative effort to bring together eminent economists, accomplished public policy specialists, seasoned practitioners and professionals, esteemed academicians, and leading business, political, and thought leaders on a platform to share their views pertaining to the economic challenges facing Pakistan at national and sub-national levels.

The purpose of this gathering is to facilitate the exchange of diverse perspectives on current economic dilemmas afflicting the nation. The idea, acting as a bedrock for this event is that “change begins with a conversation”. This EconFest aims to kick-start a wide-spread conversation on the most pressing economic issues Pakistan is confronting today.

The program of events will encompass a diverse range of activities, including stimulating talks by renowned experts, interactive panel discussions, open mic sessions for participants to voice their opinions, book/report launches and screenings of documentaries that delve into various facets of the economy.

A variety of topics will be covered in the EconFest such as cities, investment, exports, population, real estate, energy, economic governance, taxation, foreign aid, health and education, technology, youth, employability and so on. a

A variety of topics will be covered in the EconFest such as cities, investment, exports, population,
real estate, energy, economic governance, taxation, foreign aid, health and education, technology, youth, employability and so on.

Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE)

The Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) is a post-graduate research institute and a public policy think tank located in the vicinity of Islamabad, Pakistan. It was founded in 1957 with the assistance of the Ford Foundation and the Government of Pakistan. PIDE is one of the leading development research institutes in Pakistan and is known for its high-quality research and policy analysis.

PIDE’s mission is to contribute to the economic and social development of Pakistan through research, policy analysis, and capacity building. The institute’s research program focuses on a wide range of issues, including:

  • Economic growth and poverty reduction
  • Agriculture and rural development
  • Education and health
  • Governance and institutions
  • Infrastructure and energy
  • Environment and climate change

PIDE’s policy analysis program provides policymakers with evidence-based research and policy recommendations on a variety of issues. The institute also conducts capacity building programs to train researchers and policymakers in the use of economic analysis and policy research.

PIDE has a strong track record of producing high-quality research and policy analysis. The institute’s research has been published in top academic journals and has been used by policymakers to inform their decision-making. PIDE’s policy analysis has been featured in the media and has been presented to policymakers at all levels of government.

PIDE is a valuable asset to Pakistan. The institute’s research and policy analysis help to inform the development of policies and programs that improve the lives of Pakistanis. PIDE also plays an important role in training the next generation of researchers and policymakers.

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