It is never easy to contemplate the end-of-life, whether it’s our own experience or that of a loved one. Child Mortality is an everyday tragedy of an enormous scale but rarely makes the headlines. An estimated 15,000 children die every day globally and are deprived of the chance to celebrate their fifth birthday. It is a worldwide crisis that every country including Pakistan struggles with, which is why Iqbal institute of Policy studies will be initiating an active program to achieve the desired objectives and bring a visible reduction in infant mortality. Considering the dire need of its eradication, IIPS will be carrying out careful analysis of the data, identify gaps in plans and execution with a way forward with technology based solutions.
Blue economy is an important segment of any country as it adds up to the economic growth by making sustainable use of ocean resources and is cause of improved livelihoods while preserving the health of ocean ecosystem at the same time. Fortunately, Pakistan is blessed with a 1,000 Km coastline along with 2, 90,000 Sq. Km of EEZ and continental shelf, and yet our share of maritime sector in the national economy or GDP is not remarkable. Major hurdles hampering growth in this sector is our ‘sea blindness’ because of our continental mindset. Another serious area of concern in the maritime sector is marine pollution which has wrecked the eco system and might take decades to recover if not prevented. For these purposes, IIPS is diligently making an effort to carry out a thorough research in this sector, using technology and innovation with recommended policy guidelines to relevant quarters.
A country is only as developed as its citizens are healthy. Better health is not only central to human happiness and wellbeing, but also adds to economic progress of a country, as healthy nations have a longer life expectancy and are more productive. Better health is central to human happiness and well-being. Iqbal Intitule of Policy studies strives to influence the health status and the country’s ability to provide quality health services by introducing innovation and top-notch technology in the health sector. This could bring a revolution in the public health sector and contribute in disease prevention by improving local health systems so that every citizen can get the best medical services in all circumstances. This perfectly aligns with the institute’s vision of achieving sustainable development in Pakistan.
Tech and Development
An access to technology can play a very significant role for developing countries and bring about many advantages, one of them being the boost in the economy. When a country is at the top of its game in technology, it can greatly reduce the cost of production, encourage the growth of new business and advance communication while establishing standards of quality. To tackle the poverty level in Pakistan, technology is the best weapon, which is why IIPS is working efficiently towards achieving the feasible standards of technology and development in the country. Implementing these changes in other sectors will greatly assist in better execution of processes. For this purpose, we have established a Research and Innovation Lab in NUST Science and Technology Park, Islamabad which will actively work towards the implementation of AI and Blockchain in various sectors.
Trade and Economy
To break down the domestic monopolies that face more competition from foreign firms, it is necessary for countries to actively participate in trade. It is the key factor that gives a growth spurt to the economy and enables nations to produce and consume more. Pakistan is a country that faces enormous consumption demands that must be met. One of IIPS’s initiatives is to make that possible by working towards policies that ensure the provision of greater variety that promises better quality in lower prices.