Advisory - The Economic and Governance Challenges Facing Pakistan

OTTAWA, May 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Pakistan has achieved some economic success despite recurring political instability since the country's independence in 1947. Yet millions of Pakistanis still live below the poverty line. Joseph Wilson, respected legal expert and a current member of the Competition Commission of Pakistan, will be in Ottawa on June 1 to deliver a lecture at Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Wilson will examine factors that continue to inhibit Pakistan's economic growth, including corruption, unsustainable budget deficits, population growth, decreased foreign direct investment, and the deteriorating security situation.

    When: Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Where: IDRC, 150 Kent Street, 8th floor, Ottawa, ON

Joseph Wilson is the commissioner responsible for Policy Planning, Research, and International Affairs at the Competition Commission of Pakistan. A former Associate Professor of Law at Pakistan's Lahore University of Management Sciences, he has also taught at McGill University's Faculty of Law. He has published in various international law journals and is the author of Globalization and the Limits of National Merger Control Laws. He serves on the International Advisory Board of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies at Loyola University Chicago.

The event is open to the media. French and English simultaneous interpretation is available. Journalists and the public can join in the conversation through Twitter and Facebook. Spaces are limited and journalists are encouraged to register by calling Isabelle Bourgeault-Tassé at 613-696- 2343 or e-mailing at

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