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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has included another eight economic experts, including professors from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge, in the ‘Home-grown Economic Development Plan’ committee.

As per a notice issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the following were incucted as members of the existing committee:

  • Prof. Stefan Dercon (Oxford Professor and Policy Advisor FCDO)
  • Prof. Dr. Adnan Qadir Khan (Chief Economist FCDO)
  • Sayyem Ali (BOP Chief Economist)
  • Secretary, Finance Division
  • Zafar Masud, President BOP and Chairman OGDCL & PBA
  • Dr. Farrukh Saleem (Economist)
  • Dr. Ali Cheema (VC of LUMS)
  • Prof. Dr. Kamal Munir (Pro-VC of Cambridge University)

“The committee may co-opt any additional member(s), with permission of the chair,” read the notice.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Shehbaz constituted a six-member committee to be headed by the finance minister for developing “Home-grown Economic Development Plan”.

It was learned that the committee would be headed by the Finance Minister, whereas, the Minister for Planning, Minister for Petroleum, deputy chairman Planning Commission, and Salman Ahmad would be its members and Rana Ihsaan Afzal would be the Secretary to the Committee.

The committee will be working with the Terms of Reference TORs; (i) to coordinate with Professor Dercon to make a work plan for the next two weeks’ virtual discussions; (ii) to develop an economic development plan keeping in view indigenous strengths and challenges; (iii) invite Professor Dercon to Pakistan for a detailed explanatory discussion on the new draft plan with the prime minister in the second half of May 2024.

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zh May 28, 2024 08:09pm
A practical way to cut the expenses.
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Maqbool May 28, 2024 08:09pm
Punjab centric, it sends the wrong message to our Federation.
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Usman May 28, 2024 08:16pm
Pti will be trging its best to find some faults in it.
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Ghassan Shahzad May 28, 2024 09:18pm
In 'The Simple Sabotage Field Manual', a suggestion reads 'When possible, refer all matters to committees for further study and consideration. Attempt to make the committees as large as possible'.
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Chawla.i May 28, 2024 10:12pm
AND Cut all red tapes in doing business with strict punishment fr abusers,tax 1000y bangelows fr one time 2miln as B.Deficit will do no gd,tax 10000rps toall smallstores e.g milk,smallkaryana barbers
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Chawla.i May 28, 2024 10:14pm
Do u really need world renowned economists ???we r Pakistanis ,know our inner matters,its just we lac WILL as we r weekend by our inner...
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Haseeb Ahmed Khan May 29, 2024 12:33am
Finally some big guns
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Faiz May 29, 2024 01:44am
Everything will be in order except the implementation of any and all of the committee's recommendation. After 30 years of ruling by the same lot, this is a mere time gaining facade.
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