Dr. Shamshad Akhtar appointed as Special Assistant to PM

  • PM Imran Khan appointed Dr. Shamshad Akhtar as a special assistant to PM for public-private partnership.
  • After this appointment, the total number of special assistants to Prime Minister reached 15.
  • Shamshad Akhtar is known as a Pakistani development economist and may her entry into Pakistan would lay down steps to make life easy for a normal Pakistani.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has appointed Dr. Shamshad Akhtar as special assistant to PM for public-private partnership.

The appointment was announced in a July 12 Cabinet Division notification. The Cabinet division has issued a formal notification in this regard.

After the appointment of ShamshadAkhtar as a special assistant, the total number of special assistants to Prime Minister reached 15.

Whereas the strength of cabinet members reached 48, federal ministers are 24, minister of state4 and five advisors.

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Some highlights from the history:

Dr. ShamshadAkhtar, known as a Pakistani development economist, intellectual and diplomat. She served as the caretaker Finance Minister of Pakistan. She has served as the 14th Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, the first woman to assume this position.

She also served as a senior adviser to Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon and as Vice-President of the World Bank.

She belongs to rural Sindh and from a middle-class family so her actions always stand in the best interest of millions of people of Pakistan. During her stay, she didn’t believe in formalities and always went direct decision.

On 23 October 2007, Dr. ShamshadAkhtarwas conferred Best Central Bank Governor for Asia 2007 by the Euro money Institutional Investor.

On 11 November 2008, she was named amongst the top ten women leaders in Asia by The Wall Street Journal.

In 2009, she re-joined the Asian Development Bank as a senior advisor to Haruhiko Kuroda. She moved to Washington, D.C. to World Bank and served as the Vice President Middle East and North Africa.

In December 2013, she was appointed as the 10th Executive Secretary of united Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in Bangkok.

Now her entry into Pakistan is happening at the time when fiscal and current account deficits have increased. During her two months’ time, maybe she would lay down some frameworks to raise our revenue, control deficits and steps to make life easy for a normal Pakistani.

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