Jan 13, 2010

Sindh: Strategic Plan 2010-2012 Launched

Active ImageThe Sindh Assembly launched Strategic Plan to modernize itself as a democratic and open society institution.


Below is an article published by The News International :

The Sindh Assembly on Tuesday [12 January 2010] launched Strategic Plan 2010-2012, a three-year plan to modernize itself as an effective representative and empowered institution committed to a democratic and open society.

The Strategic Plan 2010-2012 was launched by Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro. It is aimed at better equipping the Sindh Assembly in performing its core tasks like legislation, oversight, and representation.

Addressing the gathering, the Sindh Assembly speaker stated, “Our mission is to become an effective assembly, protecting the citizens’ rights and working for providing them a better quality of life”.

He also said that the launching ceremony of the strategic plan was a need of long-term planning. There was, he said, a need for consistent budgetary support to modernize the assembly to better serve the needs of our constituents.

He thanked the USAID-funded Pakistan Legislative Strengthening Project (PLSP) for assisting in completing the strategic plan for the Sindh Assembly. Speaking on the occasion, Michael Hryshchyshyn, Director, Office of Democracy and Government, USAID Pakistan, said that Sindh Assembly had taken a lead in launching the process.

“The USAID-PLSP is honored to be part of the efforts to make the Sindh Assembly a forward-looking and capable institution”, he added.

The three-year plan places a priority on improving public access to the work of the assembly through live telecasts of the assembly proceedings and exploiting advanced information and communication technologies. It also envisages improvements in the assembly’s role in oversight and in enforcement of laws, more capable functioning of standing committees and the eventual development of an independent professional service cadre in the assembly’s Secretariat.

It may be added here that in February 2009, Khuhro nominated a strategic planning committee made up of active MPAs, and Senior Secretariat staff to produce a three-year plan for modernisation of the Sindh Assembly. After a series of meetings, consultations and planning sessions, the Strategic Planning Committee developed a plan for consideration of the Assembly leadership, which was formally adopted in December 2009.