Pakistan needs to close government departments

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 26 July 2011

Citation

(2011), "Pakistan needs to close government departments", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 60 No. 6. https://doi.org/10.1108/ijppm.2011.07960faa.004

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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Pakistan needs to close government departments

Article Type: News From: International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Volume 60, Issue 6

Pakistan’s Planning Commission deputy chairman has urged the government to improve governance and productivity by shutting down 123 departments and organisations while privatising dozens others – a plan that is close to the US model of governance.

Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Dr Nadeemul Haq says that markets are “over-regulated” and that this has resulted in slow productivity and bad management of the economy.

After the 2008 financial crisis, the world has been debating the Washington and the Beijing Consensus. The Washington Consensus talks about free market economy with a limited state role, while the Beijing Consensus revolves around the concept of monopolist state control of the market.

After the 18th Amendment, the federal government transferred five federal ministries to the provincial governments and is in the process of transferring a dozen more. However, it has not closed down or merged dozens of other departments that have failed to justify their existence.