Ahsan highlights youth development initiatives

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Federal Minister of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Professor Ahsan Iqbal, on Wednesday highlighted the role of government for young people in encouraging innovative ideas, providing opportunities and creating an environment conducive to distinctive skills

ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – September 28, 2022): Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiative, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday highlighted the government’s role for young people in encouraging innovative ideas , providing opportunities and creating an enabling environment for distinctive skills.

Addressing the PIDEAS (PIDE IDEAS), Research for Social Transformation and Advancement (RASTA) programme, the minister said that the youth affairs wing was playing an active and assertive role in achieving the goals.

He recognized PIDE’s role in generating informed policy debate on these critical but neglected topics, said a press release posted here.

The RASTA program produces documentary films based on evidence-based research produced at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) on relevant public policy issues.

In this regard, PIDE-RASTA organized a documentary film screening event at the Islamabad Club and it was the first session of the documentary film series.

“Research without debate is pointless,” said PIDE Vice-Chancellor Dr Nadeem Ul Haque.

“The PIDEAS initiative will help us generate and disseminate research-based ideas, inform policy debate and suggest concrete solutions for change and growth in Pakistan,” he added.

The visual format has always remained one of the most engaging and important conversational tools for producing research, and in the wake of its use as an instrument of knowledge production and dissemination.

Therefore, three films were screened at the event: Rethinking Urban Mobility in Pakistan based on PIDE research titled “Rethinking Mobility (Urban Transport Policy) in Pakistan”; An Endless Wait for a Car: Your Own Money based on PIDE research titled “The Question of Your Own Money”; and No Country for the Youth based on PIDE research titled “Opportunity to Excel: Now and the Future,” he said.

Deputy Managing Director (Land & Estate), CD, Muhammad Afnan Alam led the discussion on urban mobility in the context of Islamabad.

He said the research-based film suggested cities were driving growth.

Additionally, labor, industries, and economic corridors exist in cities.

“For an effective transport and urban mobility policy, we must highlight the areas of population, employment, densification and intensification around our cities, and then connect all these corridors together”, he said. he adds.

Group Director, General Affairs of Atlas Group and CEO of APL Razi-ur-Rahman shared his views on the Own Money car.

He said the research-based film suggested eliminating the clean money bounty, the reservation culture must be demolished.

No vehicle can be sold or reserved if it has not been manufactured and is not available at the dealership.

In addition, the supply must be increased by increasing the production of local manufacturers/assemblers and allowing selective imports of vehicles.

Former District Mayor Narowal Ahmad Iqbal, was the speaker for the youth documentary and said the research-based film suggests that Pakistan currently has the highest percentage of young people ever recorded in its history; more than 50 percent of Pakistan’s population are young people.

The documentary highlighted the issues of youth unemployment, lack of opportunities, housing supply and soft skills in Pakistan.

Earlier, PIDE Professional Vice-Chancellor Dr. Durre Nayab in her welcoming remarks said that through the PIDEAS initiative, PIDE encourages content creators and filmmakers to articulate their artistic expressions and bring the people research and politics.

It was stated that the intention is to debate pressing public policy issues and facilitate engagements between different stakeholders to characterize issues of socio-economic importance, fertilize ideas through knowledge sharing and prescribe means concrete steps forward.

Given the overwhelming response from the public and political circles, PIDE intends to pursue such initiatives in the future, bringing politics closer to the people and establishing the art-research-practice nexus in Pakistan, said the Dr Faheem Jehangir, Project Manager of RASTA. .

These films will soon be available on PIDE’s social media platforms for wider distribution.

The event brought together relevant stakeholders including academics, policy makers, practitioners, development partners, civil society, and public and private sector representatives.

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