Asset 1

Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.

Dawn

Published Date: Feb 14, 2019

Experts want revision of PPRA rules to increase competition

Experts from various sectors on Wednesday called for revising the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules to increase competition and improve development effectiveness.
Participants at a panel discussion on ‘Open Data Systems for Development Effectiveness in Pakistan’ noted that there are several shortcomings in the PPRA Rules and that greater efficiency and effectiveness is needed in federal and provincial development budget outlays.
The discussion was organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).
Competition Commission of Pakistan Director General Ahmed Qadir said some PPRA clauses prevent open competition.
He said one of the major goals of public procurement is good value for the government, which can be ensured through vigorous competition.
“Annually, Pakistan is losing Rs1.38 trillion in its public procurement, which can be saved through an effective and efficient procurement system,” he said, adding that a holistic approach is needed that includes all stakeholders to improve public procurement in the country.
Govt does not have specialist to materialise procurements in an efficient manner, PPRA official says
Officials representing the PPRA acknowledged weaknesses in the government system amid severe criticism from all the participants.
PPRA Monitoring and Evaluation Deputy Director Asim Jalil said a big challenge is that the government does not have procurement specialist to materialise procurements in an efficient and effective manner.
“The government lacks infrastructure, where the data of thousands of contractors can be maintained effectively,” he admitted, adding that a mechanism needs to be developed where everyone, including government institutions can be held accountable.
Information Technology and Tax Acceleration Growth and Regulation chief Syeda Adeela Bokhari, whose firm is working on restructuring Pakistan Revenue Automation and moving towards integrating data systems for various government departments, said the biggest challenge is to check and control kick-backs in the procurement process.
Senior procurement specialist Rehan Hyder suggested that all public institutions need to open up their data and make active disclosures of all tenders to the public. Greater advocacy and public awareness is also needed on public procurements.
SDPI Joint Executive Director Dr Vaqar Ahmed said Pakistan needs to increase the availability of free information and data on national statistics, particularly related to government budgets, procurements, operation of state-owned enterprises, land ownership records and so on.
“Open data systems of public procurement and spending from the federal public sector development programme and the provinces can enhance the effectiveness of government spending,” he added.
He added that financial leakages can be curtailed if procurement information available with the PPRA, Accountant General of Pakistan Revenues and the National Accountability Bureau can be shared, integrated and made available to the public.

Source: https://www.dawn.com/news/1463675/experts-want-revision-of-ppra-rules-to-increase-competition