Pak Affairs

No progress without good governance: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minster Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said that no country could make progress without good governance as this is the key to success and without observing these norms it is not possible to achieve the desired results. He said the people have given us the mandate for change and there is huge responsibility lying on us to come up to their expectations. The Prime Minister expressed these views while chairing a meeting to review the performance of the Planning Commission and progress of various projects at the planning commission here on Friday.

The Prime Minister directed the planning commission to incorporate 9-Point economic agenda in their planning fold which had already been approved by the Cabinet taking all the stakeholders on board for ensuring better coordination and implementation.

He said he would hold a quarterly meeting to review the status of the projects. He also directed that all future planning should focus on areas which could bring about positive change in the lives of the people through socio-economic development.

The Prime Minister also directed the Planning Commission to adopt proactive approach while envisaging various projects for securing more FDIs for infrastructural development with a view to alleviating poverty from the country.

He further directed for a close coordination with all the ministries while monitoring of the GOP projects and underscored the need to avoid duplication and overlapping of work as it would not only prove counter productive, but would also cause waste of public money. He directed the Planning Commission to induct a woman as a member in the task force to ensure representation of this important segment comprising over fifty per cent of the population.

The Prime Minister said that foremost priority areas before the government are to address law and order situation and the economic crisis as both are interrelated. He said more funding is being earmarked for the infrastructural development and poverty alleviation in the country. He also asked the planning commission that they should formulate policies which have the capacity to absorb both internal and external shocks at the time of crisis.

He said despite global economic recession, Pakistan’s economy has now started showing positive results. He said, not only the inflation is reduced but other economic indicators are also showing improvement. He said that this became possible only due to prudent economic policies introduced by the present government.

Recalling last year’s economic situation, when the country was passing through a difficult time, the Prime Minister said the government took unpopular decisions in the best interest of the country.

He said the government gave more importance to the agriculture sector to make the country self sufficient in food. He said agriculture is the backbone for the economic prosperity and its development must incorporate a pre-defined income security mechanism for farmers that could lead to productivity enhancement and high value crops, focusing internal consumption and increased exports.

He said the other area needing urgent attention is to develop an integrated energy generation and conservation plan in a manner that it could boost our agriculture, industry and other production sectors in overall economic development of the country.

Highlighting the importance of creating a social safety net to protect vulnerable groups of the population through extending outreach of Benazir Income Support Program, the Prime Minister said that it should incorporate comprehensive transparency while covering the poor sections of society. Recognizing the importance of private investment as the main accelerator of economic growth, the Prime Minister asked the Planning Commission to involve private sector in their future projects.

Earlier, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission in his welcome speech gave an overview about the overall working of the planning commission. He said that planning commission which has many task forces providing policy input in core development areas focuses its attention towards better planning and designing of the projects which could deliver and bring change in people’s lives thus contributing towards progress and prosperity of the country. Secretary and the members of the planning commission gave presentation on their respective areas.

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