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Daily Times

Published Date: Dec 13, 2014

Existing govt. structure incapable of meeting modern-day demands: Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms
Ahsan Iqbal has said that the existing structure of the government is
not capable of meeting the modern-day demands, adding that only the
strong institutions could play the role of translating ideas and
strategies into an implementation mechanism.

He was speaking at a national consultative dialogue titled “Post-2015
Strengthening Capacities and Building Effective Institutions, at a
local hotel, on Friday. The consultation was jointly organised by the
Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Planning, Development
and Reforms.

“We need to adapt to a new paradigm of inclusiveness where all
stakeholders, including government, academia, civil society and private
sector should forge partnership to reform and rebuild a system which is
accountable, transparent and responsible in service delivery,” the
minister said.

“From technocratic interventions to the use of participatory
approaches, we have realised that people-led localise solutions are the
best for development. Development is neither linear nor it has all the
solutions, as there are many factors and actors which influence the
outcomes,” SDPI Executive Director Abid Suleri said. He stressed the
need to bridge the gap between research and policy in order to link the
government departments with academia and civil society.

Former Education Minister Dr Sania Nishtar said that devolution in
the aftermath of the 18th Amendment has brought opportunities as well as
challenges for provinces in terms of service delivery. She said that
post 2015, international context would be different, as the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs) donors had fiscal cushion which would be absent
in the wake of global financial crunch to shift the Sustainable
Development Goals’ (SDGs) responsibilities to the respective

Sajjad Sheikh, a public finance expert, expressed his concerns over
the gap between revenue collection and expenditures. “While major chunk
of the funds is siphoned to the provinces, respective governments need
to expand their collection base for more revenues which is essential for
the effective service delivery. The amount of internal borrowing at
present is around Rs 6.5 trillion and its markup ranges from 9-13
percent, which is a matter of grave concern,” he said.

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