President ECOSF participated in a Webinar Series on” Innovation and Entrepreneurship” jointly organized by PIDE and PIF

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Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) and Pakistan Innovation Foundation (PIF) organized a joint webinar on” Innovation and Entrepreneurship” on 15 July 2020. Purpose of the webinar series on Innovation and Entrepreneurship is to explore the underpinnings and factors of successful regional models in more rigorous manner and to generate national dialogue and research programme on the subject .The webinar was moderated by Dr. Naadeem ul Haque– the Vice Chancellor of PIDE. On behalf of ECOSF, President Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro participated in the webinar.

 Mr. Ernesto Sirolli, Thought Leader, Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Sirolli Institute started of the discussion saying that incubation system primarily needs an enterprise facilitator which is a key to create a sustainable and innovation system for any community or business.

Mr. Imtiaz Rastgar, Chairman, Rastgar Group of Industries highlighted the importance of setting up the local clusters for innovation. He said there are many small and medium level industrial units but there is lack of guidance to help them transform into making refine products.  

Mr. Zia Imran, Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP) stressed over promoting trendsetters and success stories of innovation and entrepreneurship, as these attributes cannot be taught but learnt by observing the successful models.

Dr. Athar Osama, Founder /CEO Pakistan Innovation Foundation and INNOventure Global (Pvt. Ltd) concluded that clusters are primarily result of organic innovation, government can try to facilitate a cluster but cannot create a cluster on its own.

The recording of the session is available at

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