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Government to foster innovations and reforms in public sector to make it more efficient: SDGs given major focus in 12th five year plan: Makhdum Khusro

Dated : 30 January 2019

Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform and Statistics Division Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar has said that the Government is devising a strategy to foster innovations and reforms in public sector entities to make them more efficient and productive. He further stated that major focus has been given on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the 12th five year plan to achieve all the targets.

The Federal Minister was talking to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Coordinator, Mr. Neil Buhne, who called on him at Islamabad on Wednesday.

Appreciating the support of UNDP for governance reforms and attainment of SDGs, the Minister said that improving governance indicators and service delivery are among the main agenda of the present Government. The purpose behind these reforms is to bring in e-governance, enhance capacity of ministries on technical issues and existing human resource to improve the performance and output of government institutions, stated the minister.

The Minister highlighted that initially 11 ministries have been identified which will be offered to sign performance contracts for enhancement of output and service delivery. The Minister also appreciated UNDP support for capacity building and providing technical expertise in various sectors as well as for URAAN project to improve governance.

Talking about SDGs, the Minister said that the Government’s socio-economic agenda is aligned with SDGs adding that efforts are underway to frame a comprehensive strategy to achieve all the targets. He apprised that he will go to New York in July this year to present Pakistan’s first report on Voluntary National Review (VNR) of SDGs.