CSU–Pueblo Speaker to discuss Pakistan’s growing influence on the global economy

An internationally recognized expert on race, culture, and diversity, will address diaspora Pakistanis’ vital role in the development of Pakistan’s economic development on

Sept. 26 at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Dominic Pulera will present “Making It Happen: The Overseas Pakistanis, Pakistan’s Next Generation, and Success in a Global Economy” as part of the Hasan School of Business Distinguished Speakers Series beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Hasan Auditorium. Refreshments will be provided immediately after the lecture. The event is open to the public at no charge, but reservations to 719-549-2142 are encouraged.

With more than $200 billion in resources, nearly 1 million Pakistanis living in the United States and Canada have the capacity to significantly enhance the development of Pakistan's economy and improve the country’s standing in the global economy. If Pakistanis living in Western countries and the Middle East establish joint ventures with the Pakistani entrepreneurs, the country's economy – which grew a significant 8.4 percent during 2005 and at a similar rate in 2006 – would continue its remarkable growth and further strengthen its position globally. The direct investment to Pakistan will leave a profound impact on the country's economy far beyond reducing poverty.

Pulera will address the success of Pakistani-Americans; Americans' views of international trade; Americans' views of the world in the post 9/11 era; the linkages of overseas Pakistanis with Pakistan; and some reflections on Pakistan's image abroad and how it affects the efforts to attract greater amounts of tourism and foreign direct investment to Pakistan.

Pulera is a member of the Academy of Political Science, the Southern Political Science Association, the Western Political Science Association, and the American Academy of Political and Social Science. His writings include three well-received works of serious nonfiction: “Visible Differences,” “Sharing the Dream,” and “Green White and Red.” Pulera also is the owner of Pulera International, an independent consulting firm that helps businesses improve their workforce productivity, increase their sales, and enhance their public image.

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