Dialogue key to defusing governance mishaps

By Jamil Khan | DUBAI

“The current tension between the two major South Asian nations is very disturbing as TV stations are off-air and newspapers are banned, thus our efforts such as dialogue involving legislators and experts to discuss different topics helping in calming the situation. Thus, such efforts should be maintained,” said Ahmed Bilal Mehboob, President PILDAT (Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency). Mehboob made the remarks in an exclusive interview with The Gulf Today on the sidelines of the “9th Pakistan India Legislators and Public Officials Dialogue on Sharing of Experiences on Governance and Democracy”.
He said that the participants at the PILDAT dialogue are legislators who represent a large number of people in their respective countries. “We as a part of PILDAT are promoting understanding each other and sharing each other’s experience. The primary objective of this initiative is to highlight the good things happening in both countries, which can be emulated.”
He added that the suggestions, ideas and findings discussed at the meet should be echoed by the participants on various platforms in both countries.
The PILDAT has been issuing a joint statement, which has been disseminated not only by the local media but efforts have been put in place to make sure it reaches speakers of the assemblies and concerned ministries.

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The PILDAT is an independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit think tank focussed on political and public policy research and legislative strengthening. The organization, founded in 2001, focuses on producing objective, research-based analysis on policies especially under review by the Parliament and the Executive.
The organization hold two meetings in a year and so far, 18 sessions have been conducted – 15 in India and Pakistan – while Dubai hosted three sessions. “Sometimes, issuing visas by the governments to each others representatives not only seem difficult but cause the delay in the organizing these issues and in such circumstances third venue had to choose as continues process,” he said.
However, Adarsh Shastri, member of legislative assembly-Delhi, India while sharing his views said, “poverty is one of the major issues for both countries in the last 70 years and the worst part is that it has not been on the priority list of any politicians, policy makers or people who have the power to make impact. Platforms like Pildat to allow the participation of legislators, journalists and influential people from different sectors to discuss profoundly on various topics to bring concrete solutions and help policy makers to devise fruitful plans for the masses,” he added.
He appreciated the dialogue to shed light on the various aspects for the benefit of rural and urban populations and while reviewing economic aspect s on the issues pertaining across borders.
When asked about the implementation of the suggestions being submitting by the participants on the floor of the PILDAT, he said “it is a question of intent of the policymakers, politicians, bureaucracy and overall government. If the understanding of problem is accurate then the implementation will not take time with good intention. The challenge of achievement of such goals in both countries, India and Pakistan, is due to the lack of the matching of intention with policies simultaneously. Through these dialogues we can take such measures to our respective countries which in my point of view will be a great achievement for every single participant,” he said.
Mahtab Akbar Rashdi, member provincial assembly-Sindh, Pakistan told The Gulf Today she has been participated in a various dialogues organized by PILDAT. “Dialogues between two countries who got independence at the same time and share the same geographical territory, cultural and traditions besides many other things helping participants to took measures to tackle similar issues. Through these sessions, legislators sit on the same table bring their policies and plans to resolve the same issues and also help both parties to benefit citizens of their countries,” she said.
She responded that dialogues between legislators and key people from different sectors should be extended as currently these are like benefitting individuals to underhand the policies being devised in respective participants’ country. “To get benefit on wide scale and implement on grassroots level for majority of the people only achieved once the governments are on the same page,” she responded.
-Published in The Gulf Today

~ by jamilkhan on January 26, 2017.

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