Evidence based policy making prime focus of govt: Aliya

Staff Reporter

Parliamentary Secretary for Textile, Commerce, Industries & Production, Aliya Hamza Malik, has said that evidence-based policy making has a great importance for every sector of economy, especially for correct and timely decision making.

The incumbent government is paying special attention to correcting the policies based on appropriate evince-based data and information for trade negotiations to benefit the country.

Sharing her views with the participants at a webinar and report launch on ‘The role of evidence in policy making in Pakistan’ organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here on Thursday, Aliya Hamza said the government is planning to reform economic development and various key sectors of the economy.

“We are cognizant of centrality of evidence in policy making in Trade and Commerce and hence, consider consultations a fundamental tool for devising policies,” she said.

The findings of SDPI’s report will help in a big way to the Ministry of Commerce as well as the Ministry of Textile and my fellow parliamentarians while undertaking policies in respective areas, she concluded.

Former Chairman, Board of Investment, Mr Haroon Sharif, highlighted that lack of data and trust among the stakeholders are common phenomenon in Asian countries. He explained that a policy should not be just a wish list but an outcome-based act.

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