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Govt appoints Younus Dagha as finance secretary

Govt appoints Younus Dagha as finance secretary

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has appointed Mohammad Younus Dagha as finance secretary who was previously performing duty as commerce secretary.

Mohammad Younus Dagha possesses a strong portfolio of civil services since 1985 in varied fields including energy, finance, commerce, international trade and public administration. Dagha had also served as Secretary Water and Power in 2014.

He holds post graduate degrees in business administration, economics, law and commerce equipping him with required academic background to adeptly manage multifaceted assignments in his career, according to official website of Ministry of Commerce.

From being an administrator at various tiers in the provinces of Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to Project Director in mega projects Dagha possesses a vast and varied experience.

Dagha conceived and successfully executed a plan to bring back the local and international investors’ interest in the development of the Thar coalfield. The JV between the GoSindh and Engro, known as Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company is now set to become the largest Public Private Partnership Company in Pakistan, the website data stated.

Younus Dagha joined as federal secretary in the Ministry of Water and Power on 17th Oct 2014, at a difficult juncture when the power sector was facing multiple crises.

The official had been appointed as Secretary Commerce in April 2017 to salvage the grim situation of continuous decline of country’s exports.

On assuming charge as the new Secretary, Dagha chalked out an elaborate reform agenda for the Ministry of Commerce and its attached organizations.

In a short span of nine months he was able to secure and successfully implement a Prime Minister Export Enhancement Package to the tune of Rs180 billion for supporting the export industry.

On the policy side, his achievements include; rationalization of imports, effective enforcement of SPS standards, simplification of procedures, formulation of e-commerce framework and preparation of five year Strategic Trade Policy Framework to provide a long-term predictable regime.

His accomplishments in the area of Commercial Diplomacy comprise successful midterm review of GSP plus, launching of ‘Look Africa Plan’ market access strategy for South American region, unilateral expansion of Indonesia Pakistan Preferential Trade Agreement to include Pakistan’s priority export products, breaking the deadlock of long stalled negotiations on 2nd Phase of Pakistan China FTA and putting in place a robust monitoring mechanism to evaluate performance of the trade officers posted abroad. By far his most remarkable initiative is the launching of “Emerging Pakistan” campaign to successfully brand country’s image internationally.

Mohammad Younus Dagha is a father to four children-two sons and two daughters.