STRENGTHENING PAKISTAN ORGANIZATION
socio-economic development society is the prime duty of the state in resource-constrained countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Bhutan. This can be achieved by participation of all segments of the society. The limited capabilities of the governments have made it difficult to respond effectively to the growing needs of population at grass roots level.
Although, the Saarc's platform is a priority, the social scenario of the region has rarely changed during the last five/six years. It is difficult for both-,people and governments- to catch up with the rest of the world. Not only does the Saarc lag behind in per capita income and growth, but also in its social and Human Development (HD) indicators, particularly in respect of those relating to gender equity.
The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet on Thursday approved new policy framework to regulate activities of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Pakistan, more than two years after Dr Shakeel Afridi facilitated the US forces to raid the OBL compound in Abbottabad.
The ECC, which met under the chair of Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar, approved a draft policy framework for regulation of organisations receiving foreign contributions. In the absence of a policy framework, Economic Affairs Division was restrained to sign new Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with International NGOs, particularly those with ongoing operations and whose MOUs were about to expire.