CITY: (Second Governance Forum 2015 starts today)

ISLAMABAD: The Second Governance Forum 2015 will be held here today (Thursday) to review state of reforms, develop innovative solutions and recommend plans for accelerated implementation of reforms in various areas of the federal and provincial governments.

The event, jointly organised by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform in collaboration with the UNDP, will be held at the Quaid-i-Azam Auditorium, Faisal Mosque Campus of the International Islamic University.

Top bureaucrats will dilate upon different aspects of the governance sector. Minister Planning, Development and Reform Prof Ahsan Iqbal will address the inaugural session, and give concluding remarks as well. He will speak on ‘Vision 2025 – Democratic governance, institutional reform and modernisation of the public sector’.

Secretary MoPD&R Yousuf Nasim Khokhar will discuss ‘Governance forum and citizen-centric governance’. In the second session, administrative heads of different ministries and divisions will speak on different subjects, which include: civil service reforms, police and criminal justice system reforms, tax reforms, accountability, transparency and open governance, e-governance, education and health reforms, investment climate and ease of doing business, Islamabad model city, effective local government, performance management systems in the public sector and service delivery and citizen charters.

The third session will focus on ‘Prioritising 2016 reform agenda’. During this session, group discussion will be held. The concluding session will be addressed by Prof Ahsan Iqbal, while the note of thanks will be given by the Country Director UNDP.