Balochistan Budget 2014-2015: Consultative Dialogue on Equitable Allocation for Development

Balochistan Budget 2014-2015: Consultative Dialogue on Equitable Allocation for Development

Chief Minister's Policy Reform Unit  arranged a Pre-Budget Consultative Dialogue on May 06, 2014 for upcoming budget of FY2014-2015 in collaboration with Search for Common Ground (SFCG) Pakistan, AID Balochistan and Strengthening Participatory Federalism and Decentralization project of UNDP -  Pakistan

High level government representatives, noted economists, political party representatives, civil society, media and other key stakeholders attended the seminar. Their followed a robust dialogue on trends and results of budgetary spending in Balochistan, with an emphasis on fostering fiscal planning and effective devolution management for sustainable development of the province and its population. The recommendations of the consultations were shared with the Finance Department, Balochistan for its consideration to integrate into the forthcoming Provincial Finance Bill 2014-2015.

Major proposals included introduction of structural changes in developmental planning and resource allocation with increased focus on communication infrastructures, education, health and water management — incrementally transforming Balochistan from a pastoral economy to knowledge and natural resource-based economy.

It was also reiterated that the incumbent coalition government of Balochistan needs to develop a comprehensive strategy to use the legislative, fiscal, policy, planning and administrative spaces provided by the 18th Constitutional Amendment and 7th NFC Award more effectively and efficiently.

Chaired by Balochistan Minister for Planning & Development, Hamid Khan Achakzai, the final session of the seminar featured a wide-ranging discussion on education, youth and gender budgeting with specific inputs and perspective from political parties and sector specialists. Speakers included Iffat Ara (SPDC), Haroon Durrani (Aurat Foundation), Baela Raza Jamil (ITA), Raheela Durrani (PML-N), Usman Kakar (PKMAP), Dr. Shama Ishaque (NP), Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini (BNP-M), Sadiq Umrani (PPP), Abdul Khaliq Hazara (HDP)  and Dr. Ishaque Baloch, Policy Coordinator CMPRU.

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