In yet another confidence building measure between India and Pakistan, officials of the two countries are expected to meet on Tuesday and discuss on the planning aspects of governance. India would present Public Private Partnership (PPP) to Pakistan as its model of providing the masses the benefits of the country’s sustained economic development.
A delegation headed by Deputy Chairman of the Pakistan Planning Commission Salman Faruqui will meet his Indian counterpart Montek Singh Ahluwalia, followed by a series of meeting between officials from commissions on water, power, agriculture and rural development. Apart from commission officials, secretaries of Water Resources and Power Ministry from India and
Pakistan will also participate in the deliberations.
Officials from the Planning Commission will make a presentation on its PPP model in the social sector to showcase how public services have reached a large section of society with the help of the private sector. India has opened various public utility services for private sector participation like energy, water supply and road maintenance to provide better facilities to citizens.
The commission will also showcase how the government has limited its role to being a regulator and facilitator by opening new areas for private sector through PPP. The private sector participation has increased in education, road maintenance, health sector, energy sector and agriculture resulting in huge inflow of resources.
In the first-ever meeting of planning officials from the two countries, officials would discuss how the two countries could benefit from better macro planning. Pakistani officials are expected to talk about their experiences in macro planning. “We expect it to be a learning experience,” an official said.
The Pakistani officials would also be briefed about planning aspects at the central and the state level for better execution of government schemes, commission, sources said. Successful implementation of flagship schemes like National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and Bharat Nirman will also be discussed, officials said.