Post pandemic, a massive compression of technology adoption and adaptation is happening in Asia, but Pakistan, still amongst the least technology-friendly states, is lagging. Is the enabling environment in Pakistan holding back this technology adoption and adaptation? Is dearth of capital chasing technology innovation in Pakistan holding back emergence of ideas and innovations and entrepreneurs, or is it the absence of ideas and skills and ‘real’ education? Here is an attempt to provide some thought pathways for Pakistan to adopt and adapt to post Covid-19 technology gains.
We were all exposed as selfish nations, as selfish global communities. Let there be some cheer in that.
The Government of Pakistan should be carrying out a Covid-19 Impact and Needs Assessment (CINA), in accordance with the global practice. [https://empowerpakistanbyazd.blog/2020/03/27/pakistans-covid-19-response-and-the-international-financial-institutions-where-is-the-rapid-needs-assessment-and-a-national-action-plan/] The tool preferred for the required COVID-19 CINA in Pakistan is a Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) and Recovery and Peace Building Assessment (RPBA) hybrid, without delving into the tedious Damage and LossContinue reading “Pakistan’s COVID-19 Response: Pro-activity, Impact and Needs Assessment, and Using IT Proactively”
SME’s need help! The need for the government to help small and medium businesses is growing by the day as the lock-down continues. This has also been a key issue discussed during the daily virtual global-national brainstorming meetings being spearheaded by PIDE. How should the government help these SMEs during this pandemic and resulting economicContinue reading “Pakistan’s COVID-19 Response: Help the SMEs, please @Government of Pakistan”
I am lucky to be part of a very able and noble group under the aegis of Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) who are daily undertaking analysis and discussions and recommendations geared towards the policy makers in our holy state of Pakistan. Today, after the daily morning virtual meeting of this group around COVID-19Continue reading “Pakistan’s COVID-19 Response: What of the Small and Medium Enterprises?”