SDGs given major focus in 12th five-year plan: Makhdum Khusro

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ISLAMABAD, Jan 30 (APP):Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar on Wednesday
said that the Government was devising a strategy to foster innovations and reforms in public
sector entities to make them more efficient and productive.
He said that major focus has been given to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in
the 12th five-year plan to achieve all the targets.
The Federal Minister was talking to United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Resident Coordinator, Neil Buhne, who called on him here.
Appreciating the support of UNDP for governance reforms and attainment of SDGs, the
Minister said that improving governance indicators and service delivery are among the main
agenda of the present Government.
The purpose behind these reforms is to bring in e-governance, enhance capacity of
ministries on technical issues and existing human resource to improve the performance
and output of government institutions, stated the minister.
The Minister highlighted that initially 11 ministries have been identified which will be
offered to sign performance contracts for enhancement of output and service delivery.
He also appreciated UNDP support for capacity building and providing technical expertise
in various sectors as well as for URAAN project to improve governance.
Talking about SDGs, the Minister said that the Government’s socio-economic agenda
is aligned with SDGs adding that efforts are underway to frame a comprehensive strategy
to achieve all the targets.
He apprised that he will go to New York in July this year to present Pakistan’s first
report on Voluntary National Review (VNR) of SDGs.