Seventh Five-Year Plans (Pakistan)

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The Seventh Five-Year Plans for National Economy of Pakistan, otherwise known as Seventh Plan,[1] were a set of a highly centralized and planned economic development targets designed for the improvement of the standard of living, and overall strengthening of gross domestic product (GDP) growth in Pakistan, between the period of 1988 until its termination in 1993.

The seventh plan was drafted and presented by the Ministry of Finance (MoF), led by then popularly elected Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, at the Parliament in 1988.[2] The plan was studied by the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) and resources were gathered to be allocated by the Planning Commission.[2] The seventh plan was an integral part of Bhutto's social capitalist policies implementation and was also integrated with the nationalization programme of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The plan emphasized macroeconomics principles[2] and was intended to support the development of the agricultural and electricity sectors in Pakistan in order to keep up the GDP growth rate, which at that time was 6.6%— one of the highest in the world.[2]

Under this plan, science policy was further expanded to integrate academic scientific development into national development plans.[3] The seventh plan also took initiatives to revive deregulation of the corporate sector but did not privatize the sector into private-ownership management.[2] Unlike the sixth plan, not all targets were met and goals were not sufficiently fulfilled. Only the agricultural and scientific development aspects of the plans were continued[3] whilst all major initiatives were cancelled by the upcoming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who replaced the programme with an intensified privatization programme, launched in 1991.

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  1. ^ Government of Pakistan. "Title" (PDF). Government of Pakistan. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e Government of Pakistan. "Chapter VI" (PDF). Finance Ministry. Government of Pakistan (Objectives and Strategies). Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b Government of Pakistan. "Chapter XXX: Science and Technology" (PDF). Finance Ministry. Electronic Government of Pakistan (Science). Retrieved 11 July 2012.

External links[edit]

  • Planning Commission of Pakistan, (PCP) (1 May 1994). "Seventh Five-Year Plans of Pakistan" (PDF). Government of Pakistan. The Electronic Government of Pakistan. p. Booklet. Retrieved 4 July 2012. (1993 to 1998)
Preceded by 7th Five-Year Plans
1988 –  1998
With: Nationalization Programme
Succeeded by