More recently Planning Commission has come up with the idea of New Growth Framework with a focus on Inclusive Growth. The New Growth Framework (NGF) of the Government of Pakistan has been approved by the Prime Minister of Pakistan in the National Economic Council meeting held on 28 May 2011. The NGF reorients the focus of the Government from being an “implementer and service provider” to a “facilitator’ and a “watch dog” to promote competition, innovation and entrepreneurship. At this juncture, a strong need is felt to reorient the Centre for Poverty Reduction and Social Policy Development (CPRSPD) towards working on sustained economic growth and inclusive development. Planning Commission and the UNDP have been working on transforming the existing CPRSPD into an Inclusive Growth Centre (IGC). The proposed IGC will be a hub of Research, Advocacy, Consultations to implement and monitor the NGF at the national and sub national level and to support human development and the attainment of MDGs.
The New Growth Strategy is being developed for the 10th Five Year Plan of the Planning Commission. The themes of the strategy include competitive markets, innovation, governance, creative cities, productivity and youth and community. The purpose of the proposed consultancy is to support the Planning Commission to map out reform measures which will help towards increasing the degree of interactivity within the country. It would involve study of key issues confronting the development of physical, human and social connectivity infrastructure which together forms the basis for achieving the desired objective.
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will write and form a paper on ‘Rethinking Connectivity as Interactivity’, for the Planning Commission, concentrating on the issues and implementation strategies in line with the New Growth Strategy. The consultant will also be required to form linkages with the other themes under study so that an integrated strategy could be formulated.
The consultant shall focus on the following key areas:
· Working on the New Growth Strategy for Pakistan’s 10th Five Year Plan and contributing to the main framework and document.
· Writing the Chapter on ‘Rethinking Connectivity as Interactivity’ for the New Growth Strategy. The chapter should include:
- Study and research on physical connectivity including railways, aviation, trucking, roads, and ICT.
- What constrains success of public private partnership in Pakistan?
- Study and research on human and social capital and how it feeds into the desired objectives of the Growth Strategy.
- Special focus on how physical, human and social connectivity depend or interact with each other.
- Meeting with all relevant stake holders and in order to understand every dimension of the problem faced.
- Discussing solutions to key problems in light of international and local case studies.
- Critical analysis of regulatory environment and existing policies relating to the above mentioned areas.
- Clear and focused Policy Recommendations in line with the New Growth Strategy.
· Doing research and cost benefit analysis of Monetization of Perks as a part of civil service reforms.
The duration of the contract would be 60 days. The consultant will be responsible to submit the final Research Report before the expiry of his contract which will then be evaluated by the Planning Commission /UNDP.