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> 1st Series of Workshop on Consolidating Democratic Devolution: Inter Government Relations, Fiscal Management and Accountability ends successfully in Islamabad
IGR Workshops
January 31, 2014


January 31; The 1st series of Workshop organized by PILDAT and the Forum of Federations (FoF) on Consolidating Democratic Devolution in Pakistan for Civil Society Organisations & Media and Senior Civil Service Officials ended successfully in Islamabad.


Honourable Mr. Wazir Ahmed Jogezai, Former Deputy Speaker National Assembly of Pakistan chaired the second day of the Workshop.


Speaking at the workshop, Dr. Ikram Ul Haq, Advocate Supreme Court and International Tax Counsel, said that in the fiscal arena, Pakistan presents a story of failure with fiscal deficit increasing; debt burden on the rise; uncontrolled expenses; non-devolvement of fiscal responsibility; low tax to GDP ratio and no providing of universal entitlements by the State. In order to consolidate gains of devolution, provinces have to be aware of their taxation rights. Fiscal empowerment of provinces in real sense is needed by giving them the right to tax goods and services within their boundaries. However, he added, provinces, in turn, must empower elected Local.


Dr. Galina Kurlyandskaya, Center for Fiscal Policy, Russia, speaking on Fiscal Federalism and Accountability in Federal System said decentralization is the basic condition for an accountable Government. For sub-national Governments to be really accountable for their performance and to respond to citizens' opinion, they need to enjoy fiscal powers relating to revenues and spending. Dr. Galina further suggested that Government must be accountable for allocation of intergovernmental transfers and the transfer allocation has to be public, transparent, unbiased and fair.


Earlier presenting the recap of day one of the Workshop, Mr. Ahmed Bilal Mehboob, President PILDAT highlighted the pertinent points that the Speakers shared with the participants during the first day of the Workshop for Senior Civil Service Officials.


Mr. Phillip Gonzalez, Program Manager, Forum of Federations (FoF) briefed the participants on the agenda of day two of the Workshop.


Upon conclusion of first series of Workshop, Honourable Mr. Wazir Ahmed Jogezai, Former Deputy Speaker, National Assembly of Pakistan thanked all the participants of the workshop. He hoped that all the activities in the Workshop will be helpful to the participants in better understanding the context and issues of Federalism in Pakistan and using the material in the discharge of their duties.


These workshops are part of the project funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade & Development of the Government of Canada.


Following Discussion Papers were also shared among participants as backgrounder on Federalism:
Historical Evolution of Federalism in Pakistan  [English Version]   [Urdu Version]

Inter-Governmental Relations in Pakistan Evolution and Potential with Relation to 18th Amendment  [English Version]   [Urdu Version]

Pakistan Fiscal Management And Accountability [English Version]