Macro Economy

7:30-9 PM GMT +5 (Pakistan Time)

10:30-12 PM EST

Thurs, 8/13/2020

This panel discusses the major macroeconomic obstacles as a result of the COVID-19: unemployment due to slowdown in economic activity, inflationary effects of shortage in supply of key goods, and different frameworks to deal with these obstacles.



7:30-9 PM GMT +5 (Pakistan Time)

10:30 - 12 PM EST

Fri, 8/14/2020

One of the most pressing impacts of the COVID-19 crisis has been on the education of Pakistani students. Many institutions, within Pakistan and abroad, have to grapple with the most difficult tradeoff between ensuring the safety of their students and earn enough profit for survival. As a result, some have made the decision to go online whereas others have paused their operations altogether. The plans of many students have been completely disrupted. The effects on learning outcomes, the future of low to middle cost private schools, and the stakes of students hailing from remote areas and low-income backgrounds are only some of the issues that policymakers and professionals in the education sector now have to wrestle with.


This panel approaches this discussion by bringing different angles to education, with a wide variety of stakeholders and professionals speaking on the issue.


Security and Foreign Policy

6:30-8 PM GMT +5 (Pakistan Time)

9:30-11 AM EST

Sat, 8/15/2020

This panel discusses what foreign policy and diplomacy will look like during the age of COVID-19. In particular, it attempts to examine new strategic goals and ways in which countries, most relevant to Pakistan, will achieve their established goals. With the rise of China as a global and regional power, the status of Kashmir still hanging in the balance, and the tussles between China and India taking the world by storm, Pakistan must reevaluate where it stands in this battle for regional supremacy in a manner that serves its self interest best.



8:30-10 PM GMT+5 (Pakistan Time)

11:30 AM-1 PM EST

Sat, 8/15/2020

The COVID-19 crisis is primarily a health crisis; people all over the world are faced with threats including shortage of crucial medical supplies and services, risk of getting infected by and carrying the virus, and fearing for the lives of their loved ones.


This opens a plethora of questions for institutions and individuals within Pakistan: what are necessary precautions people must take and how can we design policies to encourage such adoption? What is the science behind the spread of the virus? What are new and innovative ways that the Pakistani government and the private health sector can utilize to counter the spread of the virus, and how successful has it been in doing so?


This panel draws perspectives from public health, technology, academia, and the private sector to discuss these questions.


Domestic Economy

7:30-9 PM GMT +5 (Pakistan Time)

10:30-12 PM EST

Sun, 8/16/2020

This panel discusses the most immediate concerns of domestic businesses: credit constraints, change in compensation policies, and adapting to a world with social distancing. We especially focus on the businesses, and segments of the labor market most prone to the economic consequences of the virus and steps different stakeholders can take to help.


What will Pakistan’s path to economic recovery look like?