The Economy of Pakistan isn’t working to its full potential. Without a strategy to guide key infrastructure projects and national programs and to set priorities for industrialization, location of future growth corridors/nodes, economic potential and allocation of university research funding on an equitable basis, the country will simply drift directionless, reinforcing a belief, real or imagined, that the winner takes all. That’s why Capacity Analytics and a number of concerned individuals from all parts and all walks of life – business, academia, planning are together trying to develop the outline of a planning strategy & spatial portrait, that might help to guide Pakistan in a more equitable direction.
There are a number of benefits to a spatial planning approach that will improve the prospects for urban growth and economic investment in Pakistan. A spatial planning approach is used to assess and order environmental, economic and social objectives and provide a framework for rationalizing and sequencing public investments through a spatial lens in order to meet these goals. The purpose of a spatial plan or strategy is not to specifically control or direct growth, but rather to provide a platform that allows policy makers to more accurately assess existing conditions, opportunities and costs. A spatial planning approach permits simplicity and efficiency in public investment decisions.
For example, decisions about large infrastructure projects can be more easily assessed and sequenced compared to short-term one year budget planning horizons that are current practice in Pakistan. Second, it can provide guidance for provincial/local governments in how to develop and implement plans according to their needs, as these entities typically lack the in-house technical capacity to complete these tasks on their own.
We have been producing state of the art spatial and regional plans for development. This spatial and regional planning provides framework for rationalizing and sequencing the public investment related decisions through a spatial lens.
- Agriculture development in Punjab – Spatial Patterns
- Spatial Planning
- Formulating Spatial Strategies