ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on National Security Dr. Moeed W. Yusuf chaired the 4th meeting of the Advisory Board of the National Security Committee (NSC) at the Prime Minister’s Office in Islamabad on Tuesday.
The Board gave the approval to formally register academia and think tanks across the Country on the portal which will connect them with the policymakers.
The portal will be on the National Security Division’s website where the registered think tanks/ and university departments will be able to submit their input and ideas for consideration of the policymakers.
The participants agreed that to channelize the efforts of academia and think tanks, the portal will play a pivotal role.
Dr. Moeed commented that think tanks and academia carry out valuable work but it does not reach the policymakers readily.
With the help of this initiative, think tanks and academia will be able to play a constructive role in the policy development process of the Country.
Dr. Moeed Yusuf said that the government aims to make the policy approach inclusive.
He instructed that academic institutions and think tanks across Pakistan should be connected through the portal and a network of think tanks should be created.
The Special Assistant said that academia and think tanks should take the stock of the current situation in all sectors and submit their recommendations for consideration.
“By incorporating innovative ideas of the experts, the country can be set on the path of growth and prosperity”, he said.
Dr. Yusuf said that he would like to hear innovative ideas and solutions from think tanks and academia so that Country’s complex problems can be solved.
On September 9, Dr. Moeed will speak to a large number of prominent think tanks being convened by the Institute of Strategic Studied Islamabad on behalf of the National Security Division as part of this effort to ensure inclusive policymaking.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI), Institute of Regional Studies (IRS), Institute of Strategic Studies, Research and Analysis (ISSRA) of the NDU, Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI), Center for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS) and senior officials of National Security Division.
It was also decided that the Advisory Board meeting will meet on a monthly basis.