PM urges bureaucrats to adapt to new technology


ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday said that bureaucracy being the backbone of the country, had to adapt to new realities of the fast-changing specialised world for an efficient state management and optimal decision making.

He was talking to participants of the 108th National Management Course from National School of Public Policy (NSPP) here at the Prime Minister’s (PM) Office.

The prime minister said that complex issues of technical nature required specialised training and use of technology.

He said that Pakistan is facing huge challenges that include economic issues, security challenges and issues related to socio-economic development. The challenges of ensuring better service delivery and good governance had increased after devolution under the 18th constitutional amendment. The bureaucracy, he added, had to play a leading role in finding solutions to these4 challenges, especially at the provincial level.

Later, he invited the participants to share their views and ask questions about various issues of national importance.

Replying to a question about counter-terrorism efforts, the prime minister said that countering terrorism was a continuous effort that involved addressing root causes and factors leading towards extremism.

He said that Pakistan was the only country that had defeated terrorism and with huge sacrifices.

Discussing socio-economic issues and especially the development of backward areas of the country, he stressed upon the need for capacity building by the provinces.

He said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) offered a great opportunity and would prove to be a game changer for the country’s development.

The PM hoped that the specialised training being imparted to senior government functionaries at the NSPP would help them develop a better understanding of the formulation and implementation of public policy besides, preparing them for taking assignments at the national policy level.

Other issues of national importance also came under discussion during the interaction.