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Strengthening governance in Punjab Province, Pakistan /

  • Supporting 150,000 small dairy and livestock farmers in Punjab /
  • Saving Rs2.7bn by streamlining Punjab’s Commerce and Investment Department /
  • 97% reduction in budget revisions in some governmental departments /

Improving institutional efficiency in Pakistan’s most populous province

Crown Agents led a DFID-funded consortium to oversee large-scale reform in the governance structure of Punjab province in Pakistan. The main focus of this reform was economic growth.

We worked closely with Pubjab’s government to restructure important institutions, and helped develop a programme to improve the livelihoods of dairy and livestock farmers in the province.

Our approach to restructuring vital economic institutions:

  • Developing skills within the Bureau of statistics to improve economic research and aid the development of effective policies
  • Restructuring the Commerce & Investment department, developing local government systems and abolishing seven redundant departments to save Rs 2.7bn
  • Developing strategies for economic growth and private sector development to promote public private partnerships (PPPs)
  • Introducing top-down budgeting to achieve better fiscal discipline across government
  • Reforming the Excise & Taxation and Livestock & Dairy Developments to act as models for future civil service reform

Our approach to creating better economic conditions for Pubjab’s farmers:

  • Setting up a meat company as well as a livestock and dairy development board to boost production and improve marketing
  • Supporting 150,000 poor farmers through providing Punjab’s livestock and dairy sectors with effective management of public finances, as well as revenue forecasting