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SDPI Press Release

Published Date: Apr 12, 2017

Dr. Nadeem-ul-Haq Terms Decentralization a Key to National Economic Growth

The whole economic system in Pakistan has become stale, overly centralized and hence inefficient and incapable of redressing the challenges. Therefore, the system should be revamped with a decentralized and patterns based systems with a holistic approach. Dr. Nadeem-ul-Haque, former Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of Pakistan said this while delivering a lecture on his recent book ‘Looking Back: How Pakistan Became an Asian Tiger by 2050’, at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) on Tuesday. 

Dr. Nadeem ul Haque on the occasion said that the academia in Pakistan was lacking research whereas mainstream media in the country was also ignoring the development issues. The government was also not supporting inclusive discussion on national economic needs and hence, there could not be develop a discourse that could have been fundamental in setting national goals and targets.   

Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, Deputy Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) earlier elaborated that at the occasion when the federal and provincial governments were gearing up to make their budgets, such deliberations had immense importance. He said it was an opportunity for the governments to   revisit the current policies in the light of informed discussions on various budgetary aspects including free and fair taxation system, pro-poor public investments in infrastructure and social sectors as well as sustainable social safety nets programme for our children, women, elderly and marginalized groups. 

He said that the structured dialogue between the private and public sector could play crucial role in redressing issues related to productivity and exports. Besides, he said, the taxation regime should be made tax filer friendly. 
Former Ambassador Shafqat Kakakhel also expressed his views and said that Dr. Nadeem  ul Haque has highlighted key issues related to our national economy in quite an articulated manner. He said that the vision presented by Dr. Haque should be made part of our development models and some of his suggestions should have been included in the Vision 2025 that has been presented by the present government. 

Dr. Nadeem-ul-Haque during the lecture elaborated further that the country was mired in a patronage culture where merit and competition were two biggest causalities.  He said that we need to encourage and adopt innovative thinking and should get out of 1950s’ thinking. Moreover, we need to encourage knowledge and scientific method and a consumer culture in the country if we want to see a growing national economy. 

He said that Pakistan needs to institute drastic bureaucratic reforms, decentralization and thoughtful urban planning to cultivate real prospect of development.  Likewise, he said academia should be encouraged to shape up the research agenda if Pakistan has to achieve real and lasting economic growth, he concluded.