Telecom sector reeling under excessive taxes: SDPI

STAFF REPORT ISB: Censuring the exorbitant tax burden on telecom sector, the SDPI Study Group on ICT has concluded that Rs40 billion annual withholding tax on telecom consumers have brought the once lucrative sector on the verge of decline leading to drastic reduction in Foreign Direct Investment.

Speaking on the occasion, Vice-President of Telenor Aslam Hayat said that withholding is imposed on those consumers, who either do not fall in the tax bracket or do not file tax returns and

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SDPI proposes to improve Punjab Growth Strategy

Press Release: Deliberating on the draft "Punjab Growth Strategy," Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) has proposed a mechanism for long-term investments, alignment of trade related goals with Strategic Trade Policy Framework, a two-pronged strategy to overcome unemployment among the youth, improvement in city-specific zoning laws to promote construction and services sectors, and provincial resource mobilization reforms.

In a letter addressed to the Punjab Chief

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SDPI, GIFT university ink MoU to boost coop

STAFF REPORT ISB: GIFT University, Gujranwala, and Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Islamabad, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in the fields of research and policy advocacy. Both the institutions enjoy a repute of research and advocacy on inclusive development at national and local levels.
Apart from teaching activities, the GIFT University is extensively involved in research in the areas of regional trade, investment cooperation, information

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SDPI gives awards to environ poster competition winners

STAFF REPORT IBD: Sustainable Development Policy Institute has recently held prize distribution ceremony of inter-school poster/painting competition which was attended a large number of schools and colleges.

The competition on "Chemicals Impacts on Environment and Children Health – Beware of Mercury" was targeted at two levels: junior level (class 5th – 8th) and senior level (class 9th – 12th, including O and A levels students).

"The competition encouraged youth to

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SDPI report hints at high mercury pollution

STAFF REPORT IBD: The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) has recently launched its recent research report revealing extremely higher levels of mercury pollution in air at some sites, that exceeds permissible the limits of 300 ng/m3.The report was launched while marking the World Environment Day at its premises. The report was a culmination of the research study conducted in collaboration with European Environmental Bureau (EEB) with support of the Sigrid Rausing Trust, to assess

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Kakakhail made SDPI BoG chairperson

STAFF REPORT IBD: SDPI Board of Governors, during a recent meeting, has selected Shafqat Kakakhel as its Chairperson, says a press release issued here. Kakakhel is a former Pakistani diplomat and a high-ranking official of United Nations.He was Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Kenya, Uganda and Ambassador to Ethiopia from 1994-1998. He was appointed as Deputy Executive Director of UN Environment Programme as Assistant Secretary General in August 1998. He retired from UN in December2007. He was

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Essay writing winners awarded at SDPI

STAFF REPORT IBD: The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) has recently held prize distribution ceremony of inter-school essay writing competition.The essay writing competition on "Sources of Chemicals like Mercury and their Impacts on Environment and Health", was organized in collaboration with Zero Mercury Working Group (ZMWG) to mark the global day of action against mercury production and use.In senior section, Shireen Faisal from Schoola Nova, won first prize, Farhana

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SDPI for legally binding global deals on toxic mercury

STAFF REPORT IBD: World leaders at IUCNs "Global Conservation Congress 2012", should support legally binding treaty on mercury to protect health, environment and ecosystem from hazardous and toxic mercury, said Dr. Mahmood. A. Khwaja, Senior Advisor, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), has said."SDPI has moved a motion for a global treaty to the upcoming IUCNs "Global Conservation Congress 2012" planned for this month. The resolution calls for effective

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Nepras exp and ed role can resolve energy crisis: SDPI

STAFF REPORT IBD: The inefficient electricity production and chronic line losses have been the root cause of the energy crisis in Karachi Electric Supply company (KESC) mostly because of inept national power regulator NEPRA, reveals a recent study conducted by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)."The only way out of this crisis is to invest and buy affordable electricity from hydro power, improve fuel efficiency of power plants and introduce smart grid’ with advanced metering

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