Panel Discussion on "Governance Dysfunction and Development Deficit in Pakistan" at University of Management & Technology

On 19th June 2023, a panel discussion was held at the University of Management Lahore UMT, organized jointly by the BIPP (The Shahid Javed Burki Institute of Public Policy at Netsol) and the UMT SGS - School of Governance and Society. The event brought together distinguished speakers and experts to shed light on the "Governance Dysfunction and Development Deficit in Pakistan" issue. The esteemed panel comprised Mr. Babar Yaqoob (Vice Chairman Operations at BIPP), Mr. Masoud Anwar (Secretary Livestock Punjab), Dr. Naveed Elahi (Professor School of Governance and Society at UMT), and Dr. Ejaz Sandhu (Director Operations, Education & Learning at BIPP). During the session, the panelists delved into the true essence of governance and stressed the significance of formulating effective policies, fostering accountability, and establishing robust institutions. A key issue that resonated throughout the discussion was the lack of participation from stakeholders in the policy formulation process. They also explored the potential of e-governance and digitalization of government processes to address challenges, with technology being viewed as an antidote. The event ended with a Q&A session followed by Dr. Ayesha Azhar's concluding remarks and thanks to all participants.