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Daily Times

Published Date: Feb 26, 2014

Tax reforms necessary for inclusive growth

Given the post-18th Amendment scenario, a top-down approach in the
formulation of development policies may not be very fruitful. 
This
was expressed by Hafiz Pasha, Former Minister for Finance and Economic
Affairs, at a special meeting of experts on the Economy of Tomorrow
(EoT) here Tuesday, jointly organized by the Sustainable Development
Policy Institute (SDPI) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Pakistan. The
former Minister also observed that tax reforms have become extremely
crucial for Pakistan and that there is a need for a more redistributive
fiscal policy. The government should also be focusing more on short and
medium term policies aside from the Vision 2025.He added that there is a
need for further strengthening the network of institutions within the
South Asian region. The media should be engaged more proactively to
promote the discourse of inclusive growth. The privatisation decision of
the Government of Pakistan should take into account labour interests
and the impact on consumer welfare. Track 2 initiatives should work
towards strengthening economic policies in a more inclusive manner. He
stressed that the reform process should be an indigenous effort.
Speaking
at the occasion, Abid Suleri, Executive Director SDPI said that there
has been increased willingness of the political parties in Pakistan to
listen to and deliberate over issues of development. Vaqar Ahmed, Deputy
Executive Director SDPI, while summarizing the proceedings of the
three-day meeting, said that domestic resource mobilization in Pakistan
would remain a challenge, particularly in the context of social safety
nets. It is also important to ensure lower carbon emission with economic
growth in the country. He stressed that the reform process should be
undertaken through the government platform. There is a need for greater
dialogue at the sub-national levels for setting an economic growth and
development agenda, he observed. Nadeem Javaid, Advisor to the Minister
for Planning, Development and Reforms said that while energy and water
security are top priorities of the government, human capital formation
is also an urgent need particularly given the country’s demographic
structure with over 30% of the population under the age of 30.
Marc
Sexer Resident Representative, FES Thailand said that economic reform
and development requires political will. This can happen with
collaboration between institutions and by establishing a platform which
facilitates transition towards more inclusive economic regimes. There is
also a need to reconsider conventional economic thought and move
towards new ways of thinking which can lead to socially just, resilient
and green dynamic growth. In this context, the role of policy makers is
prime importance. Philipp Kauppert, Resident Representative, FES
Pakistan remarked that the political economic context should be closely
considered in the debate for economic growth and reform. He further
observed that it is encouraging to note that there is a momentum to
build an integrated regional model amongst South Asian countries.
Muhammad Ziauddin, eminent journalist reiterated that the media can also
play an important role in creating awareness for development reforms.
Ramgopal Agarwala, economist from India highlighted that change process
in favor of development has to be led from within the country. However,
successful models from the developed countries can be considered as
guiding case studies instead of developing new frameworks altogether.