Corruption & Illiteracy are the principle economic challenge for Pakistan. (Survey Report by Youth Economic Forum)
I attended survey report launch ceremony Title “Youth Voices on Political Economy 2013” by Youth Economic Forum. Approx 1200 students participate from 120 universities across Pakistan in the survey. Qasim Shamim & Raheela Sarfraz (Project Leader) shared the findings.
The very objective of this survey was to learn the dynamics of politics & understanding of core economic issues & changing political scenario among students & youth. This survey shows that students & youth as a separate target group as voter needs to be analysed & engaged differently than other age groups in the voters. However, the high percentage of register voters among the students shows that their voting pattern can actually significantly alter the outcomes of general elections.
- 43.5 % of the respondents named corruption as the principle economic challenge for Pakistan, followed by illiteracy 31% and unemployment 16%.
- According to survey total register voters were 75%.
- On question of political party having best Economic Agenda, 24% named PTI, followed by 16.6% PPP, 11.5 % MQM, 11% PML-N and 8.1% supported for ANP. Almost 6.7 % of respondents were not in support of any party’s economic agenda. However, a notable portion 14.6 % was indifferent in supporting any party based on its economic manifesto.
- The disturbing thing is, only 3.5 % respondents were aware of core macro economic indicators, this shows our universities credibility & responsibility to make them aware about core economic issues that Pakistan face today and educate them accordingly.
While commenting on the survey report Dr Vaqar (Deputy Executive Director SDPI) applauded the efforts of YEF and gives some suggestions for future work that YEF should also incorporate other major challenges to our economy like climate change and food insecurity etc in their studies & think on these lines as well. Because our economy has put up with huge loss & damages due to these challenges.
Hammad Siddiqui (Deputy Country Director CIPE) while commenting said It is now our (youth) responsibility to shape the future of our country, because it is youth which has the courage and potential in shaping & strengthening the democratic culture of Pakistan.