Center for Global & Strategic Studies and AGAHI will work towards developing futures research on Peace and Technology

Islamabad, October 1 2017: Center for Global & Strategic Studies (CGSS) Islamabad and AGAHI collaboratively signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Pakistan Foresight Initiative. AGAHI in association with several leading national and international partners focusing on creating shared spaces for interactive learning, collaborative thinking, and knowledge sharing, AGAHI is at the forefront of devising foresight research and future scenarios work in Pakistan. CGSS Chairman, Lt Gen Muhammad Zahir ul Islam (retd.) stressed how the communities of interest ‘Are moving towards a more data-driven world in which Pakistan is poised to play a crucial role in shaping and encouraging peaceful developments for the region, research such Pakistan State of Future Index would provide that insight where such strategies can be brought to this forefront.

CGSS a Non-Profit institution with mission to help improve policy and decision-making through analysis and research, the empirical research and analysis assist the government, organizations and communities. On the occasion CGSS President Major General Khalid Amir Jaffery (retd.) added that the “Data is the new global currency of the digital revolution, and for Pakistan to play a critical role amidst this tremendous development; a collective pool of academia, private sector, policymakers and researchers are a necessity; which AGAHI’s Foresight Lab makes quite possible in the age of internet”.

CGSS and AGAHI, both the organizations undertook to cooperate within the framework of the MOU with a shared objective of improving the well-being of the people of Pakistan. The linkage between the two organization will be inclusively partake of the futures activities. Dr. Shahid Mahmud, the co-Founder of Foresight Lab, CEO and Chairman Interactive Group of Companies stated “Pakistan has set the benchmark on how to counter militant and anti-state factions, to consolidate and build upon this, regional peaceful developments are the need of the hour and the futures research which will guide the decision-makers to navigate the policies in a constructive and forward-looking direction”.

AGAHI with its local partners Interactive Group of Companies and Eikon7 along with other leading academic institutions are creating a model that will have the ability to track expected state of the future over time at national, provincial and district levels – that will enable decision-makers to opt for the most informed policy choice. Puruesh Chaudhary, the Founder of the Foresight Lab and AGAHI said, the Realtime Delphi Module the first of its kind in the region in the public space is going to help the Government, the Private Sector, Academia, Media and the Civil Society to be able to prioritize policy choices that are fundamentally rooted with in the well-being of the people of Pakistan and ensure its effective implementation.

AGAHI is a not for profit organization established in Islamabad in 2011 under the Society Registration Act 1860. Its primary function is to create non-paid communication strategies, content intelligence structures, development collaterals and tools for diverse sectors and organizations. AGAHI encourages and advises individuals and institutions in pursuing and supporting initiatives to improve the state of development in Pakistan. It works on developmental frameworks facilitating information and knowledge sharing platforms on understanding challenges in global perspective. Its research work mainly focuses on national and international security, ICT, competitiveness, human security, and governance. AGAHI in association with several leading national and international partners focuses on creating shared spaces for interactive learning, collaborative thinking, and knowledge sharing. It is at the forefront of devising foresight research and future scenarios work in Pakistan. AGAHI works with highly motivated and qualified professionals who have substantial experience in learning and leadership development.