1st International Symposium on Building Economic Resilience Against Pandemics

27th October, 2020

A virtual symposium hosted by BUITEMS, Quetta


The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the global economy and has pushed the world into one of the worst economic crises in recent history. The International Symposium on Building economic resilience against pandemics will bring together economists focusing on Sustainable Development Goal 8 (i.e., Decent Work and Economic Growth) and disseminate findings from the impact of Covid 19 on the local and global economy.

Being the global hub of the United Nations Academic Impact for SDG-8, the Balochistan University of Information Technology Engineering and Management Sciences (BUITEMS), Quetta, endeavors to explore and showcase ideas that can help prepare the developing world with economic models that are resilient to future pandemics. The key focus of this event is to contemplate on how to build economic resilience against pandemics and envision a collective path forward.

Book of Abstracts

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Call for Abstracts Now Open!

Please submit your abstract and full paper to the Publication Chair at syed.munawar@buitms.edu.pk.
The author guidelines are available at http://journal.buitms.edu.pk/j/index.php/bj/information/authors.
The full paper length should not exceed 15 pages.

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We welcome submissions that focus on Sustainable Development Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.
The scope of symposium includes the following but is not limited to:

Key Dates & Registration

To Register

Abstract submission deadline:
September 20th, 2020
Full paper submission deadline:
October 10th, 2020
Registration deadline:
October 26th , 2020

Registration fee:
BUITEMS is the United Nations Academic Impact Hub 8 and on its committed objectives to promote Decent work and Economic growth, the symposium registration is absolutely free of charge!
Selected papers will be published in the special issue of BUITEMS Journal of Applied and Emerging Sciences.

(Online ISSN: 2415-2633, Print ISSN: 1814-070X)
Details about the HEC recognized Journal of Applied and Emerging Sciences can be found at:

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Adil Najam
Dr. Adil Najam is the inaugural Dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University which was founded in 2014 with a generous gift from BU alum Frederick S. Pardee. He is also a Professor of International Relations and of Earth and Environment. Earlier, Prof. Adil Najam served as Vice Chancellor of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Lahore, Pakistan and as the Director of the Boston University Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. In addition to Boston University, Prof. Najam has taught at MIT and at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. His research focuses on issues of global public policy, especially those related to global climate change, South Asia, Muslim countries, environment and development, and human development.

Dr. Aqdas Afzal
Dr. Aqdas Afzal is the Program Director and Assistant Professor of Economics, Social Development and Policy Program, Habib University, Karachi, Pakistan. Dr Afzal holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Social Science and M.A. Economics, from University of Missouri ‐ Kansas City, Missouri, USA. He also did M.A. in Political Science, and B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Ohio State University, Ohio, USA. Professor. Afzal holds numerous awards and honors. Professor Afzal is an expert in the emerging economies and he has also presented his research in several economics conferences in the United States.

Joachim von Braun
Joachim von Braun is a Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn University, and Professor for economic and technological change. He received his doctoral degree in agricultural economics from the University of Goettingen, Germany. His research is on economic development, science and technology policy, poverty reduction, food and nutrition security, agriculture, resource economics and trade. He published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications in these fields. von Braun is member of several Academies of Sciences. He serves as Chair of the Scientific Group for the Food Systems Summit 2021 of the UN Secretary General. From 2002 to 2009, he was director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) based in Washington DC. He was elected as President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE), received an honorary doctoral Degree from the University of Stuttgart-Hohenheim and other awards.

Organizing Committee

Symposium Chair:
Ahmed Farooq Bazai (SI)
Vice Chancellor

Symposium Secretary:
Dr. Bushra Naeem

Program Chair:
Dr. Abdul Salam Lodhi

Program Co-chair:
Dr. Aqdas Afzal
Professor of Economics
Habib University Karachi

Publication Chair:
Dr. Munawar Shah

Publication Co-chair:
Dr Aziz Ahmed

Technical Program Chair:
Dr. Bakhtiar Kasi

Finance & Public Relations Chair:
Mr. Ahsan Achakzai

Technical Program Team:
Mr. Attiq Jaffar, Mr. Mohammad Luqman, Mr. Muhammad Arslan Idris
Mr. Izzat Ullah, Mr. Anil Amjad, Mr. Zain Nadeem


Symposium Secretary Program Chair Publication Chair Finance & Public Relations Chair
Dr. Bushra Naeem Dr. Abdul Salam Lodhi Dr. Munawar Shah Mr. Ahsan Achakzai
bushra.naeem@ymail.com salam@buitms.edu.pk syed.munawar@buitms.edu.pk mohammad.ahsan@buitms.edu.pk
+92 300 3818900