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Govt set to Launch E-portal to Connect Think Tanks, Academia with Policymakers

The e-portal would help integrate think tanks across the country and enable them to contribute constructively towards government decisions and policy-making process.

Dr Moeed W. Yusuf, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on National Security, has also revived the Advisory Board of the National Security Committee (NSC). He chaired the board’s meeting today at the Prime Minister’s Office.

National Security Committee (NSC) is the apex decision-making body on national security matters.

The Advisory Board is a sub organ of the National Security Committees comprising leading think tanks who present recommendations for consideration of the NSC. The Board had not met since 2018.

During the meeting, Moeed Yousaf said the Web portal will bridge the gap between the academia and the government, which was not done in the past, and will help the government make better policies.

“The portal is the first of its kind anywhere in the region and speaks to the government’s commitment towards inclusive policymaking,” he said.

Yusuf was responding to the thorough exchange of views on the important role of various think tanks in the country in researching the challenges and opportunities facing Pakistan.

The participants noted that over 100 think tanks were working in Pakistan, but not enough has been done to channelize their input. The SAPM confirmed the National Security Division’s desire to set this right.

The National Security Division is currently spearheading several key strategic initiatives under the PM’s guidance, including finalizing a comprehensive national security policy document and document, formulating the Economic Diplomacy strategy, and playing a critical role in promoting Pakistan’s Kashmir policy in collaboration with all stakeholders.

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