The government to initiate regular efficiency testing of state-owned generation companies (Gencos) to increase power supply from them. [The News, March 25, 2014]
Government has no business in being business: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. [The Express Tribune, March 7, 2014]
Ghost of circular still haunting government, PAC body told. [The News, February 27, 2014]
Construction of 500,000 low-income group houses to start from March, says an official of the Ministry of Housing. [Daily Times, February 24, 2014]
The recovery of the billed amount in the power sector has declined to 75 percent from 87 percent, Finance Minister admits. [Business Recorder, February 13, 2014]
Council of Common Interest (CCI) decides to privatize the DISCOs and GENCOs. [Business Recorder, February 11, 2014]

Recent Comments

Asad“A constructive effort to critique government policy...this is just the kind of analysis and debate we need to improve performance of elected government to help serve the people of Pakistan better.” Mr. Asad Umar-MNA and Central Senior Vice President (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf)  
index“PRIME should be appreciated for the report which is the first such effort to hold political parties to their election campaign promises. The pioneering effort has done a fairly good job but had the time frame been at least a year rather than six months. The policy directions need some more time to show their effect.” Senator Mohsin Leghari (Pakistan Muslim League-N)
 "If our Governments are truly to serve the public we need to move beyond rhetoric towards an informed and objective discussion of policy and implementation. This can only happen if tools are available to objectively assess government performance against stated goals and objectives. Ali Salman and his team have produced one such tool and deserve much praise and encouragement for this stellar effort. The results will not make happy reading for the Government but it is hoped that they will be taken in the right spirit, and efforts made to address the shortcomings identified in the scorecard." Senator Osman Saifullah Khan (Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian)
 “PRIME has successfully initiated an important exercise whereby civil society can track the economic progress and hold political representatives accountable. Equally important is to mention that this research is being conducted by an independent think tank of Pakistan.” Dr. Vaqar Ahmed (Deputy Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute)
"This is a great idea and effort and badly needed too. However the report should also score reform challenges and progress not directly covered in the manifesto especially in the areas of tax administration".
Sakib Sherani (CEO Macro Economic Insights, and former Chief Economic Adviser to Ministry of Finance, Government of Pakistan)

"I enjoyed reading this report and want to congratulate for progress being made by PRIME!
I could see the humour in applying 1 or 2 out of 10 on many issues and an average below 5/10 calling it "great progress". Nevertheless also your report again proves that progress is (albeit slowly) happening indeed and I keep on following those developments closely.I was a bit surprised with the social housing program and especially the Benazir Income Plan in which progress in implementation has been considered a plus in social and economic development of society. In my opinion every extra rupee spend on those points are 2 or more rupees lost for those parts of the economy which really needs it via its destruction of the allocation process of knowledge and goods in society (in the Hayekian view) not to mention the waste of those resources spend on it directly.What obviously interests me the most is the Indo-Pak collaboration and I think its highly correct to couple improvements in this regards also to inflation reduction and obvious trade/economic enhancement." Denis Clijsters (India)
"The concept of evaluating government performance on the basis of its promises made in it's election manifesto is very unique, remarkable and objective. I congratulate PRIME for formulating tool which can trace direction of the  government. Pushing government to fullfill its promises made in manifesto is the only way that Pakistan can progress leaps n bounds in a democratic fashion."

Khawaja Muhammad Usman, President (The Multan Chamber of Commerce & Industry)
"PRIME’s manifesto tracking report is an outstanding and innovative approach to holding government to account to their election promises. The scorecard approach is a first of its kind in the world, with a strong focus on macro-fiscal and market orientated reform. More importantly it  is founded on an evidence-based approach to scoring government performance, which is both transparent and verifiable. The biannual publication is an important development for Pakistan and needs to be supported in an effort to: i) roll-out the approach to lower levels of government; ii) expand coverage to socio-economic sectors; and iii) ensure a long time series of data is collected and analyzed."
Andrew M. Laing
Consultant Economist, International PFM Expert

"The Scorecard, developed by PRIME with assistance from CIPE, is an innovative mechanism in that it is tied to the platform of a national government itself, in this case the economic platform of the party elected by a majority to govern Pakistan.  As such, it can be useful for the government itself to measure its progress, show by an independent third party (PRIME) how progress is going, and serve as a useful mechanism for public-private dialogue enabling the private sector to both observe progress and advise on priorities for fulfilling its mandate.  This scorecard is therefore unique among other existing indices, such as the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Index and the World Bank's Doing Business Indicators in that the benchmarks come not from an external third party but from the government itself, making it all the more relevant. "
Kevin X. Murphy Chairman, Partners for Sustainable Development, President & CEO, JE Austin Associates Inc.
"PRIME's scorecard is a great tool which has served as an example for other think tanks aiming at promoting free and open societies by adopting accountability as an approach. By outlining a structure to think about the performance of the government, it enables researchers, media and citizens to objectively evaluate the performance of elected representatives and make better informed opinions and choices. "
Sarita Sapkota Communication & Development Coordinator
Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation, Kathmandu, Nepal