Inception phase of the programme concluded with development of an extensive understanding of political and economic landscape of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). This phase spanned over six months, and constituted rigorous engagement with counterparts from public, private and development milieu to optimize effectiveness and avoid redundancies in the programme design and implementation.
During its inception SEED commissioned several activities including stakeholder engagement, Political Economy Analysis, Sector Diagnostics and provided demand-driven technical assistance to Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
COVID pivot: SEED’s Support for Azm-e-Nau Economic Revitalization Plan
SEED provided technical support to GoKP in developing the government’s post-COVID economic recovery plan – Azm-e-Nau. SEED contributed by formulating the provincial government’s Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) and Public Infrastructure responses. This plan was approved by the Chief Minister (CM) in July 2020. Given the fact that Azm-e-Nau will be deployed as part of KP’s planning framework for the next few years, this work is aligned with SEED’s mandate and will ensure that Annual Development Plan (ADP) is coherent to increase public investments with efficiency.
Supporting Pension Reforms
SEED’s support in expanding fiscal space for increased public investments, has remained a key priority during the inception phase. The programme provided Technical Assistance to the Department of Finance, GoKP through developing a detailed work plan for Cabinet to reform the pension structure. After endorsement of the plan by the Finance department, SEED prepared a summary for approval by the Cabinet annexed with a well-researched background paper to support the recommendations of the Summary; and amended Pensions Rules. Revised Pensions Rules would save the government an estimated PKR 590 million per annum over the next 10 years.
In order to stimulate interest and encourage reformative dialogue on province’s own-source revenue streams, SEED organized two webinars; one on Sales Tax on Services (STS), and another on Urban Immovable Property Tax (UIPT). Both the webinars were attended by leading practitioners, national and international academics, policy makers and their advisors. Following these dialogues, SEED formulated Policy notes featuring reform frameworks for Urban Immovable Property Tax (UIPT) and Sales Tax on Services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. These Policy notes are prepared in collaboration with SEED’s strategic Partners CDPR and IGC.
SEED commissioned over ten ambitious sector diagnostic studies, which included both economic as well as functional sectors such as Special Economic Zones (SEZs) and Public Private Partnership (PPP). The robust investigative effort was aimed at providing a rapid assessment of areas where SEED can potentially support GoKP. Some of the most detailed diagnostic reviews were focused on
Complementary Analytical Work
SEED conducted Political Economy Analysis and developed approaches to ensure Social Inclusion and a strategy to integrate Climate Change in public investment management. These strategic frameworks will remain central to programme design and implementation over its forthcoming phases.
Sponsors & Stakeholders
SEED is funded by United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), implemented by Adam Smith International Pakistan in close collaboration with Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Logos of all three organizations