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My true introduction to the field of economics came early in 2006, after listening to Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz declaring in one of his interviews that “Pakistan has the second fastest growing economy in the world”. Surprised by his claim, I began to probe into it by following up on news and events related to Pakistan’s economy. Soon I found myself the realm of Economics. What I discovered was that by further opening up an economy and through effective policy management of institutions such high levels of economic growth were achieved. This made me appreciate, for the first time, the power of Economics in a convincing manner. My years at Lahore University of Management Sciences have proven that my interest lies in economics and I want to continue studying it form an international and financial perspectives. Courses Such as International Trade, Financial Institutions, International Business, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Public Economics and other advanced level courses in financial stream of economics have catered well to my understanding of international macroeconomics and financial policies. In these courses, I learned trade theories and models, looked at major international institutions through their regulatory and policy framework and analyzed strategies of international firms. Additionally, through interactive discussions related to case studies, it was amazing to see how educated judgments can be made even for uncertain situations through decision analysis. Furthermore, in the aftermath of the 2008 crisis, we took an in-depth look at banking institutions which are based on the Capitalist model and compared this system to an alternative financial discipline, i.e., Islamic Banking and Finance. Furthermore I have had an opportunity to conduct research alongside Dr XXX and XXX on devising the controls and monitoring mechanism for Punjab Government’s ‘Model Police Station’ project. Moreover, as a part-time employee at XXX, I have had the opportunity to engage...
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