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Wednesday, March 20, 2019 | Today's Paper

From Davos to Karachi

By Ikram Sehgal

March 2, 2019 – 3:55 am

To highlight the connecting of the global with the local and therewith Pakistani’s problems and solutions in the light of global developments, the Karachi Council on Foreign Relations (KCFR) held an event in Karachi on Feb 24, 2019 with the former Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar as the Chief Guest. This dialogue was facilitated in strategic partnership with Pathfinder Group and Martin Dow Group. KCFR is attempting to contribute to the efforts that are underway in Pakistani society to bring about change in the lives of the people by reforming the institutions of state and society. The Sunday session of the KCFR was a follow-up organized by Pathfinder Group and Martin Dow Group, which had organized the presentation of Pakistan at the WEF in Davos. In this way the global discussions that had taken place in Davos were not only publicized in Pakistan but how adaption of the global deliberations to our Pakistani situation was attempted and achieved. By organizing this event KCFR successfully connected the global with the local. It is hoped that in this way the needed broadening of public interest in the problems that stir Pakistan today has been initiated.

Balochistan in Davos

By Ikram Sehgal

February 4, 2019 – 2:43 am

This year’s meeting in Davos has been overshadowed by a not so bright situation worldwide. The growth forecast of the IMF has just been diminished and Chancellor Merkel has just warned that the global financial system is damaged significantly. Climate change and trade wars are other dangerous developments that threaten our global economy. Other than this larger picture, the annual presentation of Pakistan in Davos has this year opened a vista new chapter. In previous years either the Pakistani President or the PM would apprise the assembled Davoselite to what was going on in our country. Sponsored and organised by Pathfinder Group, the PAKISTAN BREAKFAST and other events like the PAKISTAN DINNERS and LUNCHES and the PAKISTAN PAVILION have been joined for the last four of years by the Martin Dow Group because of the vision of their late founding Chairman M. Jawed Akhai.

Pakistan breakfast at Davos

By Ikram Sehgal

January 31, 2019 – 3:31 am

This year’s meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos has been overshadowed by ongoing wars in Syria and Afghanistan as well as a bleak economic situation in many African countries bringing many thousands of refugees to the western world. The looming Brexit and the government shut-down in the US have sent alarm bells ringing for the world economy. The ongoing trade war between the US, China and Europe have not brightened the outlook either. The growth forecast of the IMF has just been diminished and Chancellor Merkel in her speech at the WEF on Wednesday warned that the global financial system has been damaged significantly. Climate change is another dangerous development threatening our global economy.