July 24, 2019: A talk was organized by the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi's Talent Hunt Program (THP), featuring a discussion on the book, The Economy of Modern Sindh. The event was held at the Gani and Tayub auditorium, IBA main campus. Attendees included NTHP students, faculty, co-authors of the book and representatives from sponsors such as UBL and First Women Bank Ltd.
The event was hosted by National Talent Hunt Program (NTHP) scholar Aqsa Bukhari, and commenced with the recitation of the holy Quran.
The Economy of Modern Sindh has been authored by Dr. Ishrat Husain, Mr. Aijaz A. Qureshi and Mr. Nadeem Hussain. It offers a detailed and holistic perspective about the administrative, political and historical problems which have shaped Sindh's economy. It is based on intensive research and presents a multi-pronged strategy to deal with the socioeconomic problems, which serve as an impediment towards the growth of Sindh's economy.
The welcome note for the session was delivered by Director NTHP Dr. Junaid Alam Khan, who introduced the program and talked about its importance.
Dr. Khan was followed by the Global Head Treasury and Capital Markets UBL Bank Ltd. Mr. Syed Farrukh Zaeem and former President and CEO First Women Bank Ltd. Miss Tahira Raza. They both praised the efforts of UBL in making this book affordable for the underprivileged, who cannot afford it otherwise.
The host then invited the Chief Guest of the talk – Bureaucrat, and former Secretary to the Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, Mr. Syed Mohibullah Shah to come and express his analysis and critique of the book.
Mr. Shah praised the efforts of both IBA and UBL for promoting the interests of the NTHP students. He praised the book for its in-depth analysis of Sindh's problems and said, "This book tries to understand the decline of Sindh, and addresses the institutional decline and the organizational behavior, which has impacted the economy of Sindh". He emphasized on how the problems in Sindh's economy cannot be resolved easily and are embedded in the system and thus, the book aptly captures the anguish of the authors at the opportunities lost in Sindh.
The session culminated with a question and answer session. The chief guest along with the other guests presented the book as a gift to the NTHP scholars. Dr. Khan also thanked the guests for their participation and presented them with a token of appreciation.