ISLAMABAD – To ensure that the best possible professional advice is available to the Government to inform, optimise and synergise the formulation and implementation of its economic and financial policies, the Prime Minister constituted on Friday a high-level Economic Advisory Council comprising some of the most erudite and well-respected experts, academics and practitioners of the field who are currently serving in, or have rich experience with, amongst the most advanced academic institutions and other specialised organisations in Pakistan and abroad.
According to the official announcement, the Economic Advisory Council shall be chaired by the Prime Minister Imran Khan himself.
On the recommendations of the Ministry of Finance, the Prime Minister has approved the following private sector members for the Economic Advisory Council:
1. Dr. Farrukh Iqbal Dean & Director, Institute of Business Administration (IBA)
2. Dr. Ashfaque Hassan Khan Principal and Dean, School of Social Sciences & Humanities, National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST)
3. Dr. Ijaz Nabi Chairman, Consortium for Development Policy Research & Former Professor and Dean, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
4. Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)
5. Dr. Asad Zaman Vice Chancellor of the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE)
6. Dr. Naved Hamid Professor of Economics at the Lahore School of Economics (LSE)
7. Syed Salim Raza Former Governor of State Bank of Pakistan
8. Mr. Sakib Sherani Economist
9. Dr. Atif R.Mian Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University (Department of Economics and Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy)
10. Dr. Asim Ijaz Khawaja Sumitomo – FASID Professor of International Finance and Development at the Harvard Kennedy School
11. Dr. Imran Rasul Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University College, London
In addition to private sector members, the following will be the official members of the Economic Advisory Council:
1. Minister for Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs
2. Minister for Planning Development and Reforms Division
3. Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission
4. Governor, State Bank of Pakistan
5. Adviser on Institutional Reforms
6. Adviser on Commerce
7. Secretary, Finance Division (Secretary of the Council)
The Economic Advisory Council shall meet at least once a month and its mandate will be to advise the Government on both short-term macroeconomic stabilisation interventions and long-term structural reforms for stable and sustained economic development.
The Council is expected to play a pivotal role in strengthening the capacity of the Government to design and introduce sound and effective policies for rapid and continued social and economic advancement, human resource development, improvement of business processes, and strengthening of data services.
The Economic Advisory Council will also facilitate capacity building of the Government in conducting policy analysis and will assist in reaching out to the international network of recognised economists to contribute to Pakistan’s development.
The Ministry of Finance will be the nodal government agency for the Economic Advisory Council, which will function in an entirely non-partisan manner and is expected to strengthen existing state institutions in a collaborative and concerted manner.
The ultimate goal of the Economic Advisory Council is to promote analytically sound and evidence-based reforms and initiatives for the progress and development of Pakistan.