Ahsan highlights youth development initiatives.

ISLAMABAD -- Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiative Professor Ahsan Iqbal Wednesday highlighted the role of government for youth by encouraging innovative ideas, providing opportunities, and creating an enabling environment for distinctive skills.

While addressing the PIDEAS (PIDE IDEAS), Research for Social Transformation and Advancement (RASTA) program, the minister said that Youth Affairs Wing was playing an active and assertive role in materializing the objectives.

He acknowledged the role of PIDE in generating policy-informed debates on these critical yet neglected topics, said a press release issued here.

The RASTA program is producing documentary films based on the evidence-based research produced at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) on pertaining public policy issues.

In this regard, PIDE-RASTA has organized a documentary film screening event at Islamabad Club and this was the first session in the documentary film series.

"Research without debate is useless," said Vice Chancellor, PIDE Dr. Nadeem Ul Haque.

"PIDEAS initiative will help us to generate and disseminate research-based ideas, inform policy debate, and suggest actionable solutions for change and growth in Pakistan," he added.

The visual format has always remained one of the most engaging and key conversational tools for producing research, and in the wake of using this as an instrument for knowledge production and dissemination.

Therefore, three films were screened at the event: Rethinking Urban Mobility in Pakistan based on PIDE research titled 'Rethinking mobility (urban transport policy) in Pakistan'; An Unending Wait for Car: Own Money based on PIDE research titled 'The Issue of Own Money'; and No Country for the Youth based on PIDE research titled 'Opportunity to Excel: Now and the Future, he said.

Deputy Director General (Land and Estate), CD, Muhammad Afnan Alam led the debate on urban mobility in the context of Islamabad.

He said that research-based film suggested that cities were the engine of growth.

In addition, labor force, industries, and economic corridors exists in cities.

"For an effective transport and urban mobility policy, we need to highlight the areas of population, employment, densification, and intensification around our cities, followed by linking all these corridors with one another," he added.

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