Episode 115 – Building a Constituency for Reforms: A Conversation with Dr. Ahsan Iqbal

Over the course of this podcast, we have had dozens of conversations on the need to reform the economy. But while we all know the broad scope of reforms that are needed, there is not really a constituency for reforms, across the political aisle, in Pakistan.

Dr. Ahsan Iqbal, who is a senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz and is currently the Federal Minister for Planning, Development, and Reform, joins us in this episode to talk about his efforts to build this constituency for reforms. To begin this process, his ministry is organizing the Turnaround Pakistan Conference, whose goal is to engage with people across the spectrum to prioritize and build consensus on these reforms.

Reading recommendations:

– The Holy Quran with translation

– Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

– The Anarchy by William Dalrymple


0:00 Introduction

1:30 Purpose of Turnaround Pakistan Conference?

20:00 Is there a willingness to reform?

27:50 Key areas for reform

41:40 Reading recommendations