SUBAI-PIPS Pre-Budget Seminars:
The Pakistan Institute for Parliamentary Services (PIPS) as part of its regular and ongoing services to the Assemblies agreed to collaborate with SUBAI- to organize joint Pre-Budget briefing seminars in all four Provincial capitals. Honourable Members of all four Provincial Assemblies participated in the events.
The purpose of the events was to provide the Honourable Members with a better understanding of the budgeting processes, to emphasize the key issues regarding budget activity and to identify the key characteristics of budgeting and public finance management.
The event hosted discussion sessions with the country’s leading experts from academia, civil society and government. The experts delved deeper into themes including budgeting, finance, economic growth, gender-sensitive budgeting and revenue generation.
The Pre-Budget briefing seminar for the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was held on May 15th, 2017 in Peshawar. The seminar was attended by the Honourable Speaker, Mr. Asad Qaiser and Honourable Deputy Speaker, Madam Meher Taj Roghani, of the Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa along with Honourable Members of the Provincial Assembly (MPAs). The seminar provided a knowledge-sharing platform for MPAs and experts to interact with each other and discuss issues related to budgeting.
The experts who delivered the knowledge sessions included Dr. Eatzaz Ahmed, the Honorary Chair of the State Bank of Pakistan and Professor at the University of Peshawar. Dr. Ahmed talked about the key economic indicators of Pakistan, the economic status of Pakistan as compared to other world economies and explain the major goals for building healthy economies.
The second expert was Professor Muhammad Ibrahim, former Senator and Member of the National Finance Commission (NFC). He gave a detailed presentation on the NFC and its significance for the Provinces. The third expert was Mr. Shahnawaz Khan, member of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Revenue Authority. He presented details about the revenue generation for the Provinces. Mr. Muhammad Adnan Azeem, Finance and Accounts Officer, National Assembly of Pakistan talked about techniques for interpreting and analyzing the Budget Documents.
Ms. Saima Munir of the Aurat Foundation talked about the Gender-based Budgeting process. She explained the relevance of Gender-based budgeting and said that it is a tool through which we can assess Government’s commitment towards integrating ‘Gender Equality’ into the budgeting processes.