SDGs Secretariat NA conducts Post-Budget Analysis

The expert presentation generated a conclusive debate amongst the Parliamentarians, who highlighted the major areas of concern i.e, rising poverty, food security, energy crisis and debt trap.

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Islamabad (VOM) : SDGs Secretariat hosted a briefing session on “Post-Budget Analysis – with SDGs lens” at SDGs Secretariat, Parliament House. The Briefing was attended by various Members of the Parliament who showed keen interest in the topic. The briefing was chaired by Hon. Convener of the National Parliamentary Taskforce on SDGs Hon. Romina Khurshid Alam, in her introductory remarks she stated “The global goals in Pakistan have been recognized as the National Development Agenda and development stands as the most important component of the federal budget. Hence, it is pertinent to hold intellectual and practical engagements on the allocation and disbursement of funds with a SDGs lens.” A detailed presentation was given by Mr. Abid Qaiyum Sulehri, renowned social policy analyst and economic expert. In his presentation, he highlighted “the 4Ds of budget – Debt service, D2 Defence affairs and services. D3 Day-to-day running of civil government, P&P, D4 Development, grants, subsidies, transfers – Federal PSDP, COVID19 + Contingency. He further stated, that we need to improve donor coordination framework.

The expert presentation generated a conclusive debate amongst the Parliamentarians, who highlighted the major areas of concern i.e, rising poverty, food security, energy crisis and debt trap.

Hon. Mehnaz Akber Aziz highlighted the importance of reviewing the budget through child right lens. She emphasized that 8 of the SDGs are child centric, hence we should target our fund allocation efficiently surrounding the most vulnerable – children.

The briefing was concluded by the Hon. Minister of State for Finance Dr. Aisha Ghaus Pasha, she re-affirmed her commitment towards achieving the global goals. In her closing remarks, she highlighted that energy sector is the second biggest component of expenditure in the federal budget. Further, she emphasized on the need to utilize the remaining 8 years more effectively and efficiently. She also stated that we need a mid-term course correction to re-priorities our goals.

The event was concluded on vote of thanks. Parliamentarians appreciated SDGs Secretariat in conducting such an important briefing and acknowledged SDPI’s technical contribution to it.

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