Executive Summary of Abbottabad-Haripur-Mansehra Community Outreach Workshop
The Abbottabad-Haripur-Mansehra Community Outreach Workshop was the fifth stakeholders’ dialogue under the consultation process spreading over nine workshops involving all stakeholders for creating economic literacy and local ownership of the economic reforms under the Framework for Economic Growth of Pakistan formulated by the Planning Commission and approved by the National Economic Council. It was organized by the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Abbottabad (CIIT) in collaboration with the Planning Commission of Pakistan, the Governance Institutes Network International (GINI) and DFID on October 4, 2011.
Dr. Nizam-ud-Din, Vice-chancellor, University of Gujrat was the chairperson of the workshop and its five sessions related to Framework for Economic Growth of Pakistan. In his opening remarks, Dr. Nizam highlighted the important reasons for not achieving a sustained acceleration of growth in Pakistan. He said that so many good policy proposals and plans were prepared but these were never actualized. While explaining the vision of Dr. Nadeem-ul-Haq, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Dr. Nizam appreciated the Planning Commission on development of framework for Economic Growth of Pakistan, involving experts and the stakeholders following extensive research and consultation. He further informed the participants, academia, members of Chambers of Commerce and Industries, SMEDA representatives and students that from this workshop we could have:
• Unusual strategy in the wake of economic crisis.
• City infrastructure planning, vibrant markets and family businesses and creative entrepreneurs.
• Job placement with economic activities increasing day by day.
• Feel your responsibility for policy recommendations to the Planning Commission, Participate in discussions – build a need for change in planning process.
Dr. Mushtaq Khan Jadoon, Head, Department of Management Sciences, CIIT Abbottabad also admired the Planning Commission consultation process and involving the academia and stakeholders in the policy formulation process.
Mr. Imran Ghaznavi, Advisor, Planning Commission briefed the participants on the objectives of the stakeholders’ dialogue on economic growth of Pakistan. He said that the purpose of the workshop was to obtain stakeholders’ views on factors that undermine the growth rates and efficiency in order to develop doable implementation strategy.
The key note speech was delivered by Dr. Nadeem-ul-Haq, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of Pakistan, through his about 30 minutes video address covering the root causes of current dismal economic picture of Pakistan and the salient features of the Framework for Economic Growth of Pakistan for achieving a sustained growth rate of 7% per annum for the next 20 years for its burgeoning into a developed country.
The stakeholders’ dialogue was conducted with brief video clips on the framework themes followed by open discussion.
At the end, Prof. Dr. Khan Gul Jadoon, Director CIIT Abbottabad thanked all panelists, Planning Commission and all stakeholders for attending the workshop. He stressed upon the skill development of Pakistani youth as they will be the future leaders of Pakistan. He appreciated the facilitators on being well prepared and responsive towards the stakeholder’s questions. Dr. Khan Gul Jadoon recognized this workshop as an effective platform for discussing the economic policy with the stakeholders. Souvenirs were also distributed among all the panelists for their effective participation.