LUMS Participates in the 13th Annual SAESM

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Economics Society, LUMS participated in the 13th Annual South Asian Economics Students' Meet (SAESM) which was held in Khatmandu, Nepal from January 28 – February 3, 2017.

We are pleased to announce that Muhammad Fatiq Nadeem and Ria Pinjani won the Best Research Paper Award in their respective themes. Furthermore, Rabia Khan was also one of the winners of the quiz competition. In addition to this, Muhammad Asad Shoaib and Rabia Khan qualified for the final round of the Budding Economist Competition; while Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, Maham Bokhari and Abubakr Ayesh stood second in their respective themes in the research paper competition.

The idea behind SAESM, which started in 2003, was to provide a platform for the South Asian undergraduate students of economics to interact with each other, exchange ideas, and discuss economic issues in an out-of-class environment. Participants either write a research paper and present it, or take part in a multiple round competition to contest for the honor of The Budding Economist of South Asia.

Countries that participated in the meet were India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal and Bhutan.

This year, the Pakistani student delegation participated in the conference under the supervision of Dr. Syed Turab Hussain (SAESM country coordinator) and Dr. Imtiaz ul Haq. The delegation of ten students consisted of eight students from LUMS and two from Lahore School of Economics.

The delegation details are as follows:

1.  Abubakr Ayesh (Team leader)

2.  Muhammad Fatiq Nadeem

3.  Ria Pinjani

4.  Mashal Farrukh

5.  Rabia Khan

6.  Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah

7.  Mohammad Asad Shoaib

8.  Ramsha Hisham

9.  Zeenat Tariq (LSE)

10. Maham Bokhari (LSE)

This year’s meet was supported by the World Bank which has been associated with SAESM since 2006. World Bank’s lead economist, Sanjay Kathuria and World Bank’s chief economist for South Asia, Martin Rama addressed the delegates.

Professor Naveen Adhiakari and students of Tribhuvan University did an exceptional job in organising the conference with a very enjoyable retreat. The Pakistani students played their role as country ambassadors and engaged wholeheartedly in creating an atmosphere of friendship and cooperation. Not only did all the students perform exceptionally well in their respective academic events, Pakistan was at the forefront of all social events, thus contributing to making SAESM a great platform for regional integration.