[Dawn 26 April, 2019]

ISLAMABAD: The government is working on a plan to merge ministries of commerce, industries and production, and the Board of Investment (BoI) to consolidate and integrate existing institutions at the federal level to enhance effectiveness of policy reforms, ‘Dawn’ has learnt on Thursday. Following the merger, a National Competitiveness Council (NCC) will be established having relevant federal, provincial and private sector representations with a dedicated secretariat attached to the Prime Minister’s Office.

The objective of amalgamating the ministries is to foster design of policies and implementation of programmes to ensure effective service delivery. The NCC will be empowered with an overarching and cross-cutting mandate for designing and implementing competitiveness interventions both at the federal and provincial level. The plans to assimilate the ministries have been included in a project document that has been submitted to the World Bank (WB) for financing. WB mission is scheduled to visit Pakistan in July to evaluate the project. The International Development Association is expected to loan $350 million to the government for the project, titled “Pakistan Goes Global: An Initiative for a Global and Technology-driven Pakistan”.