Positive Role of UNDP appreciated by Pakistani Minister

Marc Andre Franche, Country Director UNDP, has called on Prof. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reforms on Tuesday. English Daily The Nation reported.

palninganddevmin_undpdirAhsan Iqbal apprised the Country Director, UNDP about the reforms present government was working on. He said that the government aims at fixing energy crisis at the earliest to revive economic growth. The Prime Minister has approved Pakistan 2025 Programme to set direction and goals for making Pakistan a developed country.

The five-year plan 2013-18 coincides with the tenure of the government therefore there will be greater political ownership of the plan, which the previous plans lacked. Planning Commission is being restructured to become development think tank of the government.

Iqbal appreciated the role of UNDP in assisting development projects. He informed Country Director, UNDP that major thrust of a reform will be in the area of civil service reforms to make public sector compatible with challenges of modern day requirements of informed citizenry. The Planning Commission will be greatly strengthened with the induction of talent as Members & Young Development Fellows through a transparent recruitment process.

The present government is focused on building social capital by giving priority to social sectors and human resource development. Pakistan will emerge as a fast growing economy within next couple of years as a result of reforms being undertaken. Country Director, UNDP appreciated the efforts to reform Planning Commission and assured full cooperation through provision of technical resources in this regard.

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