Four reasons why devaluation will hurt the economy

There is a distinct sense of déjà vu regarding the current economic situation, calls for devaluation and new import tariffs. There were similar calls in 2007-08, when the economy was in serious difficulty and our foreign reserves plunged to $3.4 billion (enough to cover just one month’s imports). At the time the government obliged by devaluing the currency by 28 per cent […]

Job Posting: Field Research Officer

JOB DESCRIPTION   Job Title:  Field Research Officer   Duration: 3 months Experience: 3 years in relevant field Office Location: Islamabad, Fieldwork: Layyah Position Summary Policy Research Institute of Market Economy (PRIME) in an Islamabad based independent public policy think tank striving for economic freedom in Pakistan. PRIME has partnered with BARGAD to work on a project which aims to […]

Agenda: 4th National Debt Conference (2017)

PRIME INSTITUTE is pleased to invite you to the National Conference on Debt, Spending and Resource Allocation on Thursday, October 26th, 2017, at the Islamabad Marriott Hotel. In addition to being the 4th National Debt Conference, this year’s event will also discuss issues relating to the National Finance Commission Award and Spending. Each session will be followed by a question […]

Press Release: Economic Freedom of the World Index 2017

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN —Pakistan ranks 127 out of 159 countries and territories included in the Economic Freedom of the World: 2017 Annual Report, released by Policy Research Institute of Market Economy – PRIME, in conjunction with Canada’s Fraser Institute. Last year, Pakistan ranked 137. Pakistan has improved its global ranking on economic freedom, climbing up 10 places since the last year. […]

3rd Meeting of the Working Group on Contract Enforcement

Date: 14th September, 2017 Venue: PRIME Office Agenda: Review the progress of the project since last working group meeting Experiences from the Lahore FPCCI session Update about the case studies Upcoming project activities Further two case studies on contract enforcement litigation Session on Contract Enforcement at FPCCI Peshawar Discuss the progress on the draft proposal for contract enforcement reforms Participants: […]

Training: Promoting Markets and Entrepreneurship

At the invitation and sponsorship of FNF Pakistan, PRIME Institue’s Head of Marketing and Communications Syed Ali participated at the IAF training on Promoting Markets and Entrepreneurship at the Theodore Heuss Akademie in Gummersbach, Germany from the 13th of August till the 25th of August. The training consisted of around 26 participants, with representation from East Asia, Central Asia, South […]

Little Theory, So much Practice

In usual parlance, a Bootcamp is a training of military conscripts. The Liberal Video Bootcamp was a different matter altogether: some 25 liberal activists and citizen journalists came together for three action packed days in Colombo (Sri Lanka) to learn how to produce short, high quality videos using nothing but their smartphones and an app downloadable free of charge. At the invitation […]

A powerless private sector for power reforms

By Ali Salman Published: September 5, 2011 When the Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet decided late last month to hand over management of thermal power generation companies to the private sector for 10 years, though without giving them the power to fire existing workforce, it essentially rolled back on its own new privatisation policy, that the present Cabinet had approved […]