Workshop: (Planning Ministry’s Civil Service Reforms workshop starts today)

ISLAMABAD: A two-day National Consultative Workshop on ‘Civil Service Reforms’ being organized by The Ministry of Planning Development and Reforms (MoPDR) will start today (Monday) in Bhurban, Murree.

The MoPDR is holding the National Consultative Workshop with the purpose to table important recommendations there, which will be later sent to Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif for approval so as to make sure implementation of the plan of devolution of power under 18th Constitutional Amendment in its true spirit, says a press statement issued here on Sunday.

The National Workshop on Civil Service Reforms is aimed at disseminating Planning Commission’s civil service reform agenda that forms part of its programme on “Reforms and Innovation in Government for High Performance”; sharing feedback from provinces on key issues affecting civil services and seeking feedback from stakeholders at the national level; agreeing upon and finalizing the proposed reform programme and its roadmap; deliberating on and agreeing on effective and robust implementation strategies for the programme; and identifying success stories, replicable models and potential pilots to create traction and momentum for civil service reform.

A six-member cabinet delegation comprising Khawaja Saad Rafique, Anusha Rahman, Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan, Mohammad Baligh Ur Rehman, Saira Afzal Tarar and Rana Tanveer Hussain will participate in the National Consultative Workshop on special directives of the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister also asked all the secretaries, chief secretaries, DGs and concerned MNAs to attend the workshop with full preparation so as to avoid any contradiction and confusion while finalizing the recommendations.

Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, Ahsan Iqbal will grace the concluding session of the workshop as a Chief Guest, while UNDP Country Director and Members Planning Commission for Development and Reforms Dr. Syed Tahir Syed Hijazi along others will also be present on the occasion.

It is pertinent to mention here that the government has developed Vision 2025, which recognizes institutional reform and modernization of public sector as one of the seven pillars of development and growth framework.

To actualize this pillar of Vision 2025, Prime Minister of Pakistan has directed the MoPDR to propose and implement a program for enhancing efficiency, effectiveness, transparency and accountability of the public sector through institutional change and robust performance management. In order to support the government in this task, UNDP has signed a four-year programme with MoPDR titled “Reforms and Innovation in Government for High Performance”.