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.

Shahnawz Akhter

The News

Published Date: Mar 23, 2017

Property valuation tables to be renewed in Sindh

KARACHI: Sindh government will start a technology-enabled survey from the next month to freshly determine property values across the province in a bid to ramp up tax revenue from the real estate sector, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Director General Shoaib Siddiqui of the Sindh excise and taxation department said the provincial government signed an agreement with a third party to launch a geographic information system- (GIS) based survey in Sukkur as the pilot project in the first week of April.

“This pilot project will be completed within one year,” Siddiqui told media on the sidelines of a seminar on tax reforms in Sindh organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). “The GIS survey will also be conducted in other parts of the province.”

Siddiqui said the excise and taxation department has shown a marked improvement in the past few years. The property tax, however, has so far been the weakest head, he added. “The completion of the survey will help the government increase revenue from property tax three times from the existing Rs1.5 billion.”

He said the provincial property valuation table doesn’t have a conflict with the valuation table issued by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), which collects capital gains tax on the sale and purchase of immovable properties. On the other hand, the provincial authorities collect other taxes.

In August last year, the FBR issued property valuation tables for major cities of the country to revise the calculation of capital gains tax on properties.

DG excise and taxation department further said the department has proposed to delegate the tasks of motor vehicle registration and tax collection to auto dealers in order to facilitate the purchaser. “After the delegation, each vehicle will come on road only after completing the formalities,” he added. “The proposal was made in lights of the complaints of corruption in the registration and tax payment processes.”

Siddiqui said the major revenue spinner for the federal government is infrastructure cess on imported goods, which is collected by the province.

Mushtaq Kazmi, advisor tax policy at the Sindh Revenue Board (SRB) said the suggestions of bringing uniformity in the federal and provincial tax laws are excellent, “but there should be seriousness on the part of federal government.” 

Kazmi said a committee was constituted three years ago to harmonise the laws. Only one meeting of the committee was held so far. SRB came into being after the 18th amendments into the constitution to regulate the matters relating to the fiscal and related economic policies in the province.