8:00—9:15 AM EDT

Coping with COVID-19: The Pakistan Experience

View Reza Baqir's slides from this event.


  • Reza Baqir, Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, Former Head of IMF Egypt Office and Senior Resident Representative, Former IMF Mission Chief for Romania and Bulgaria
  • Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Nets for the Prime Minister, Federal Minister, Benzair Income Support Programme Chairperson, Founder Heartlife Health Financing, Founder Pakistan’s Health Policy Forum
  • Asad Umar, Federal Minister for Planning, Development, Reforms and Special Initiatives, Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Former Minister for Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs


  • Kalipso Chalkidou, Director of Global Health Policy and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
  • Alan Gelb, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development


  • Masood Ahmed, President, Center for Global Development

COVID-19 has had disastrous health and economic outcomes on developing and developed countries alike, yet some countries have fared better than others. In terms of both controlling the spread of COVID-19 and managing the pandemic's economic consequences, Pakistan has reported better outcomes than many other emerging market countries. Join the Center for Global Development and the Consortium for Development Policy Research (CDPR) for a conversation with the key policymakers guiding Pakistan’s COVD response - Federal Minister Asad Umar, Federal Minister Dr. Sania Nishtar and Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan Dr. Reza Baqir. These policymakers will be joined by CGD experts Kalipso Chalkidou and Alan Gelb to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Pakistan’s health sector and economy, and the lessons learned from the evolving national response. The conversation will also explore the impact of social safety nets and digital ID systems on the response and recovery.

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