SouthAsiaSourceMar 4, 2023
Can Swift Retort still inspire swift reforms?
By Ali Hasanain
After Operation Swift Retort four years ago, I argued that if Pakistan really wants to compete with India, it must focus on rapid economic growth. Regrettably, our national leadership has had other priorities, and we have fallen further behind.
Dr. Ali Hasanain is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His research focuses primarily on how public service delivery can be improved through reform initiatives, particularly through technological progress and improvements in the media. He also studies how information and communication technologies (ICT) can improve market functioning. Hasanain’s research has been featured in The Guardian, Economist, Huffington Post, various World Bank blogs, VoxEU, VoxDev, Herald, Friday Times, Dawn, and other media outlet. He previously served as the Director at LUMS for the World Bank Pakistan At One Hundred Initiative. From 2014 to 2016, he was a Global Leaders Fellow at Oxford and Princeton universities.