Shamshad for road map to finance, implement sustainable development goals

ISLAMABAD
Caretaker Federal Minister for Finance and Planning, Development and Reform, Dr Shamshad Wednesday said achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was a top priority of the government.
Addressing a national conference on SDGs here, he, however, stressed the need for devising a well thought-out road-map, where high priority SDGs are sorted out for implementation.
She asked the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms to prepare a road-map prioritizing SDGs and a plan how to finance and implement them, highlighting that domestic resource mobilization was a key to success
The minister was of the view that at a time when Pakistan was going through some macroeconomic challenges, it was not an easy job to finance resources for SDGs.
She said the country was facing micro-economic challenges in the form of fiscal deficit, which was above the target while the external current account deficit was also high.
She said the tax amnesty scheme had helped the government in realizing Rs89 billion, saying that it indicated that this particular potential revenue was out of the tax loop.
The minister highlighted the importance of partnerships at various levels for achieving the SDGs. She said partnership with development agencies, academia, research institutions, local and provincial governments and corporate sector was imperative for achieving the goals. She said partnerships were also the means of implementation.
She said NGOs and corporate sector could play a significant role in sustainable progress towards implementation of SDGs.
She said the literacy rate in the country was also low, hence highlighting the role the local bodies and politicians could play to achieve SDGs in this particular sector.
Speaking on the occasion, Federal Secretary of Planning, Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui said achieving SDGs was a top priority of the government adding that Planning Commission wanted to engage private sector, NGOs and other stakeholder for achieving these goals.
He said the objective of the conference was to share progress on SDGs and to draw road-map in the medium to long-term, expressing the hope that it would help understand various dynamics of SDGs.
On the occasion, Resident Coordinator of United Nations Neil Buhne highlighted various SDGs where Pakistan had made success, however urged the need for doing more towards this end.
It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan was among one of the few countries who adopted the SDGs Global Agenda at first through a unanimous resolution of Parliament and Pakistan has now completed the national prioritization of development goals.
Pakistan has been proactively pursuing 2030 Agenda since it signed it in 2015 and Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform in collaboration of the provincial governments working on alignment of the public policy with SDGs.
A National Framework on SDGs has already been approved by the National Economic Council (NEC) and work on provincial framework is underway.
On the one hand the government is following a whole government approach and corroborating with whom nation approach to the SDGs.
The private sector including corporates, academia, NGOs, civil society and development partners have been putting in their efforts for the national agenda for betterment of the life of people.

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