National Development Plan of Pakistan

The Planning Commission launched the first long-range development plan, Vision 2030: Pakistan in the 21st Century, in August 2007, following an extensive stakeholder consultation process. This expresses the aspiration of the people for a ‘developed, industrialised, just and prosperous Pakistan through rapid and sustainable development in a resource-constrained economy by deploying knowledge inputs’. Concurrent medium-term plans set out strategies and priorities towards achievement of Vision 2030. The Planning Commission was in 2013 working on the Development Strategy 2013-18.



Among the most important objectives emphasised in successive plans are:

  • Using available resources in the most efficient and effective manner (‘more with less’)
  • Supporting the private sector
  • Modern transport networks
  • Universal primary and 70 per cent secondary school enrolment, with a marked improvement in quality of education
  • Gender equality and ensuring girls’ and women’s access to education, health and employment opportunities
  • Increasing investment in science and technology and improving quality in higher education to create a knowledge economy
  • Redirecting resources to accelerate growth in the provinces of Balochistan and Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa; the Federally Administered Tribal Areas; and Azad Kashmir and Northern Areas Governance The Development Strategy 2013-18 gives priority to institutional and governance reforms that promote transparency and accountability in public life; involvement of citizens at all stages of planning, implementation and monitoring of development programmes; and social enterprises that are committed to human development, poverty alleviation and youth empowerment.



The Development Strategy 2013–18 gives priority to institutional and governance reforms that promote transparency and accountability in public life; involvement of citizens at all stages of planning, implementation and monitoring of development programmes; and social enterprises that are committed to human development, poverty alleviation and youth empowerment.