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    Social Sector Reforms In Pakistan

  • Zardari talks about social media, social media responds

    Former president Asif Ali Zardari addressed an energised crowd at the old Jinnah terminal upon his return to Pakistan Friday after nearly 18 months in self-imposed exile...

    During his wide-ranging speech, Zardari spoke about how social media is redefining politics and evolving as an effective political watchdog...

  • Journalists asked to highlight issues of social sector

    PESHAWAR: Speakers at a ceremony here on Wednesday asked journalists to highlight issues of social sector and avoid sticking to politics...

    We are a brave nation and besides politics, talk shows and militancy, this also must be communicated throughout the world through responsible development reporting,” said Prof Adnan Sarwar, the dean of faculty of social sciences, who was chief guest on the occasion...

  • Punjab budget 2016-17 : 31pc of Rs550bn ADP to be spent on social sector

    Under ADP 2016-17, the government has allocated 31pc for the social sector followed by infrastructure development 29pc, services sector 20pc, special initiatives/programme and production sector 9pc each and others 2pc...

    The government has earmarked Rs100bn for the Khadim-i-Punjab Kissan Package for the next two years to revive the agriculture sector...

  • Infrastructure development at the cost of social sector, says PTI

    LAHORE: The opposition Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf on Friday held a demonstration on The Mall to protest against “infrastructure development at the cost of social sector”...

    Kissan Package: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) fears the rulers will use the “Kissan Package” to rig the upcoming local government elections...

  • Rs295bn released for social sector development

    ISLAMABAD: The government has released over Rs295 billion for various projects to be executed under the Public Sector Develop­ment Programme 2015-16, against a total allocation of Rs700bn...

    49bn has been released for the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission projects against the earmarked Rs30...

  • ‘Social sector investment vital to harness growth potential’

    KARACHI: Pakistan needs to invest in social infrastructure to fully harness the benefits of imp­roved security situation, physical infrastructure and energy availability, Intern­a­tional Centre of Trade’s (ITC) Executive Direc­tor Arancha Gonzalez said on Tuesday...

    The international trade exp­ert is on a five-day visit to Pakistan to better understand the country and get a sense of the major currents and undercurrents of a society...

  • Buzdar orders more fund allocation for social sector

    LAHORE: Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has ordered more fund allocation for the development of social sector and asserted that available resources should be utilised for public welfare and the promotion of health and education sectors...

    Pledges record spending on agricultureHe regretted the agriculture sector was ignored by the previous government and the farmers remained hostage to an exploitative system...

  • Japan to give $43m loan for energy sector reforms

    ISLAMABAD: The Japanese government on Tuesday announced to provide a concessional loan of $43 million (Rs5 billion) to Pakistan for the second phase of energy sector reforms programme...

    The development policy credit for which the agreement was signed is part of the ‘Energy Sector reform Programme’, co-financed by the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank and the Japanese government...

  • Chief ministers urged to firm up positions on gas sector reforms

    ISLAMABAD: The federal government has urged chief ministers of the four provinces for a second time in two weeks to make up their minds about concerns over proposed reforms in the gas sector, which envisage unbundling of two major companies into several public- and private-sector companies and absorption of increasing quantities of imported liquefied natural gas (LNG)...

    The Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Committee led by IPC...

  • KP seeks Asian Development Bank's help for health sector reforms

    ISLAMABAD: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has approached the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for financial assistance to support its reforms programme in the health sector, it is learnt on Saturday...

    Given the urgency of the programme preparation and also expected similar request from other provinces, the ADB has decided to carry out the health sector assessment of all provinces...

  • Govt plans reforms in energy sector

    PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has planned to bring certain reforms and restructure the Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organisation (PEDO) in order to make the organisation more dynamic and efficient and to run it on modern corporate lines...

    According to a statement issued here on Thursday, services of professional experts from corporate sector would be hired for this purpose...

  • Structural reforms for the meat sector

    AN in-depth study of the meat sector, released by the Competition Commission of Pakistan for public comment on Aug 31, has recommended the government promote public-private partnership for efficient management of state-run slaughterhouses so that consumers get quality meat...

    Regarding the suggestion for the limited export of meat animals, one may recall that in the wake of the March 2009 decision by the Economic Coordination...

  • Some reflections on public sector reforms

    REFORMING the civil services has remained a cherished goal of political parties and military regimes alike during the nearly 70 years of Pakistan’s existence...

    The involvement of international financial institutions divided the structural reform agenda into one for the financial sector and another for the public sector...

  • With nod from Sindh, gas sector reforms cross hurdle

    ISLAMABAD: Sindh government has given its conditional approval for reforms in the downstream gas sector proposed by the federal government, provided the provinces were given appropriate representation on the boards of directors of the successor companies of Sui Southern and Northern gas companies...

    The record showed the Sindh government had submitted detailed proposals for provincial participation in the gas sector regulators for the...

  • Power sector could see ‘market operator’ under new reforms

    Turkish power market, according to CPPA-G, has been reformed with great success since 2001 when the Turkish electricity market was in doldrums like currently in Pakistan...

    Starting with unbundling of the power sector companies, Turkey created an independent market operator and around two dozen distribution companies...

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