CPDI arranges workshop on budget making process
ISLAMABAD: The Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) conducted a one-day workshop on public representatives and budget making process at a local hotel here on Tuesday.
The workshop was attended by newly-elected local government mayors and tehsil chairmen from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and former nazimeen and UC chairmen from Punjab.
The purpose of event was to organize a debate on budget making process in Pakistan which has traditionally been an exclusive domain of the executive, as members of legislatures play a limited role across the budget cycle and other stakeholders are also rarely consulted.
During the workshop best practices were shared with stakeholders in order to inform the policy makers and advocates for appropriate reforms in the budget development, approval, implementation and audit processes, primarily to ensure public input, transparency and accountability.
Mukhtar Ahmed Ali, Executive Director CPDI, Amer Ejaz, Director Budget Study Centre, Moazzam Ali Janjua, Expert Local Government and Hassan Baig, Ex-Additional Federal Secretary were the facilitators of the different sessions at the event.
Amer Ejaz oriented the audience about annual budget, budget making process, budget transparency and need for budget reforms, whereas Mukhtar Ahmed Ali, shared some of the best practices in budget processes. He also shed light on some of the shortcomings in budget processes in the country.
The participants appreciated the concept and content of the workshop. They also emphasized the importance of organizing more such training workshops and events for local government representatives.