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State of Future Index

State of Future Index

A non-governmental organization has conducted a study, covering 30 variables to ascertain the future prospects of the country in next 10 years. The study discusses 30 years trends of improvement and decline, forecasting each variable on the basis of 20 years of past data to again assessed the best possible and the worst possible values in 10 years. The study, Pakistan State of Future Index, claims that Pakistan leads the region in future research in public space and that is area where the nation is winning. The report also sees significant growth potentials of internet and technology which could lead to builds confidence in the stake holders and decision-makers to draft policy frameworks for well-being of the people. The State of Future Index, developed by the Millennium Project, is an effort to measure the changing state of the future. The index highlights the national and global conditions and incorporated it in the study conducted by international organizations in 2000. In that study, at least 15 global challenges were identified, involving various countries of Asia, Africa and Europe. According to the experts, who launched the project in Pakistan, the study is a useful tool to objectively evaluate the direction and trends of Pakistan as it supports the decision-making process of key stakeholders, to reach conclusions and achieve optimal results. Newspaper reports suggest that more than 100 citizens participated in the real-time Delphi study and more than 20 academics extended their judgment on the selected variables, including 18 universities across the country.

According to a representative of a world organization, the Pakistani politics oscillated between civil and military rules and that the study covers different questions about the shape of the country when it will be hundred years old. The study calls for coordination in various segments of the formal and informal sectors of the country including participation of the government and non-government organization in studying the future prospects of the country. The launching of the study, which covers possible trends of social and economic sectors of the country during next 10 years, is a good omen as the political uncertainty is leaving little room for the government policymakers to initiate such venture. It is hoped the stakeholders whether in the government or the private sector will go through the study to devise their future course of actions. There are several think tanks working in the private sector and they should also make public their studies about social and economic conditions of the country.