Pakistani students from LSE, London are all set to launch “the Future of Pakistan conference” that will help break communication barriers between students, professors and connect ministers of both countries. This is the first ever student-run conference that aims to break stereotypes and bring in the opinions and recommendations of everyone about the policies of Pakistan under one roof.
The LSE SU Pakistan Development Society works towards empowering the youth, breaking stereotypes through awareness campaigns, and moving the discussion about Pakistan forward. The society’s mission is to provide for necessary interaction between students, policy-makers and academia.
This student based initiative intends on making this conference an annual event by simply accomplishing their three objectives. The primary focus o this conference will be on providing a platform to the future policy researchers to get them involved in discussion sessions with some big names of the field. Second they will be working to maintain an inclusive atmosphere where people can argue eloquently and get something productive out of it. Thirdly, they will be expecting a huge turn out as this will help students in engaging with their mentors and give their input on the existing plus future policies.
The conference has already created some hype with many renowned personalities already making it to the guest list. This list includes the likes of Ahsan Iqbal who is a member of National Assembly and Federal Minister for Planning and Development and Deputy Chairman Planning Commission of Pakistan, and Dr. Umar Saif who is the chairman of Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB). Dr. S Akber Zaidi is also among these names who is known as the best Pakistani Political Economist. Dr. Miftah Ismail, who is the Minister of State and the Chairman of Board of Investment, will also make an appearance along with Mahvish Shami, Adeel Malik, Dr. Adnan Khan and Dr. Nabeel Goheer as guest speakers.
The event will take place on 19th November in the Sheikh Zayed Auditorium in London School of Economics. The conference is scheduled to begin at 9:45 with a welcome ceremony and end at 6:00 clock with closing remarks from the guest speakers (British Local Time). The event is organized in collaboration with LSE SU Pakistan Development Society, the LSE SU Pakistan Society, and the LSE South Asia Centre. It will be divided in three discussion panels of politics, economics and development. The conference will be streamed live and the tickets are already on sale so do watch out for this event.