Federal government’s sectorial strategy and priority for key sectors in PSDP 2019 -20

Federal government’s sectorial strategy and priority for key sectors in PSDP 2019 -20

Engineering Post Report

Federal Government adopted sectorial and priority, according to availability of resources and felt-needs, in allocations of funds in the formulation of its Public Sector Development Programme  (PSDP) which is presently in 8th month of its implementation.

In the water sector, large mega dams and drainage projects, both new as well as on-going, were appropriately funded. Provincial schemes of small dams were selected for funding in less developed  regions/ districts under the vision of  equitable regional development.

In transport and communications sector, focus was out on the completion of ongoing projects, initiating commercially visible projects on Public Private Partnership (PPP)/Build-Own and Transfer (BOT) basis. No provincial road was  taken up for funding in the PSDP  except  for the less-developed areas of Balochistan, South Punjab, South Khyber Pukhtoonkhwah, ex-FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan. East west regional  connectivity and inter-provincial  connectivity  were also given preference in order to improve  the linkages and within country trade.

In Agriculture sector, productivity enhancement of major crops through efficient  irrigation practices, provision of laser land leveling machinery, reduction in cost of production by adopting right  combination of use of fertilizers and certified  high yield seeds,  enhanced export  of agriculture value –added projects and reduction  in export of  raw material, coordinated research and development  of command area were given due consideration and priority.

In Industries sector, due focus was placed on value addition, enhancing  competitiveness through increased productivity, quality and innovation, high technology value added exports, effective marketing, supporting mineral sector and forging new trade alliances with regional partners.

For energy sector , focus was put on  power evacuation  through expansion of transmission and distribution system,  finding off-grid  solutions, improving  universal energy access along with management of circular debt issue.

In science and technology sector, emphasis was laid on  promotion of capabilities  in emerging and new technologies, training of manpower  in the technologies  and establishment of incubators,  accelerators and Science and Technology Parks.

And in  Information sector, focus was on e-governance and citizen services, I.T. exports,  freelancing, startups and entrepreneurship ;launching of 5G services during next 5 years.