(i) Pakistan Raises Revenue Program worth US$400.0 million: The development objective of the program is to contribute to a sustainable increase in domestic revenue by broadening the tax base and facilitating compliance.
The Program’s targeted results include: (i) increasing Pakistan’s tax to GDP ratio to 17 percent; (ii) increasing the number of active taxpayers to 3.5 million; (iii) reducing the compliance burden of paying taxes; and (iv) improving the efficiency of customs controls.
(ii) Higher Education Development in Pakistan worth US$400.0 million: The development objective of the program is to support research excellence in strategic sectors of the economy, improve teaching and learning and strengthening governance in the higher education sector.
The project will finance the following components: (i) nurturing academic excellence in strategic sectors; (ii) supporting decentralized higher education institutes for improved teaching and learning; (iii) equipping students and higher education institutions with modern technology; (iv) higher education management information system and data drive services; and (v) capacity building, project management and monitoring & evaluation.
(iii) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Revenue Mobilization and Resource Management Program worth US$118.0 million: The development objective of the program is to increase collection of KP’s own-source revenues and improve the management of public resources. This objective is to be achieved through (a) efficient revenue mobilization and (b) effective public resource management and (c) capacity building to enhance e-government functionality.
The Program will help the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to mobilize own source revenue to address the constraint of limited fiscal space for investment and public service provision and efficient and strategic use of the province’s financial resources..
Mr. Noor Ahmed, Secretary, Economic Affairs Division signed the financing agreements on behalf of Government of Pakistan while the representatives of Higher Education Commission (HEC) and Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa signed their respective Project Agreements. Mr. Patchamuthu Illangovan, Country Director, World Bank signed the agreements on behalf of the World Bank.
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs thanked the World Bank Team for extending their continuous support to the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to achieve the sustainable economic development of the country. He also desired the programs implementing agencies to put their best efforts to implement their respective programs to help achieving the programs objectives.