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September/October 2015

TANK you for the overwhelming response to MIT Technology Review Pakistan’s inaugural edition. We appreciate your calls, emails, shares, likes, letters and comments. Check out our feedback page for the top five posts selected from your response. The second edition’s theme revolves around the global entrepreneurial startups landscape, with particular emphasis on Pakistan. Can there be another Silicon Valley in the world? Can we replicate the success of Silicon Valley in Pakistan?

Israel and China are great examples of state-backed entrepreneurial ecosystems. In Pakistan too, the government has played a significant role in jump-starting this sector. The Punjab government, in just four years, has managed to launch and grow an early-stage technology incubator, called Plan9. With over six incubation cycles under its belt, it has nurtured around 100 startups, providing them with free furnished offices... Read more



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Demystifying Pakistan’s energy crisis

A brief analysis of the real issues plaguing Pakistan’s energy sector.

PAKISTAN has been suffering from power outages. The Ministry of Water and Power has developed a power policy to support the current and future energy needs of the country, (as defined in the Economic Survey of Pakistan, 2013-14). To achieve the long-term vision of the power sector and overcome its challenges, the government has set nine goals. The ministry has also set a few targets. These are: to fully eliminate load shedding, to decrease the cost of generation from 12 cents per unit to 10 cents per unit, to decrease transmission losses from 25 percent to 16 percent and to improve collection of bills to 95 percent. The ministry is aggressively pursuing its policy of energy conservation and responsibility. One example of their seriousness seems to be the inauguration of Pakistan’s largest solar power plant (1,000 MW) located in Bahawalpur, the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park which is already producing 100 MW since May 2015.

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