USAID and Pakistani Partners Develop Lahore Vision 2035, Envisioning a Citizen-Focused City

Following a series of consultative seminars, the Lahore Vision 2035document was presented here today, envisioning sustainable development for Lahore that is people-centric, environment-friendly, equitable and inclusive. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Center for Public Policy and Governance (CPPG) at Forman Christian College, and the Urban Unit of the Government of the Punjab collaborated in holding the seminar series to develop the document.

Representatives of USAID Pakistan, key stakeholders from the Pakistani government, industry leaders, and representatives from corporate, non-profit and academic institutions attended the event. Speakers at the event included Dr. Saeed Shafqat, Director of Center for Public Policy and Governance at Forman Christian College; Dr. Nasir Javed, the Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Unit; and Mr. Suleman Ghani, Senior Policy Advisor, USAID Firms Project, and Mr. Daud Muhammad Bareach, Secretary Local Government and Community Development Department, Government of Punjab.

The Lahore Vision 2035 seminars gave stakeholders in Lahore the opportunity to share their vision for Lahore in the coming decades. They presented position papers on five different sectors in Lahore: transport planning, water supply, sewage and solid waste management, governance and urban management, real estate markets, and trade friendliness in Lahore. These position papers culminated in the final Lahore Vision 2035document after intense stakeholder consultations conducted through public seminars and presents a comprehensive research-based governance framework for Lahore.

The initiative is expected to provide the Government of Punjab and the City District Government Lahore in setting development priorities and integrating Lahore development schemes. It also seeks to transform Lahore into a citizen-focused city by 2035, in which government institutions respond to residents’ needs in an inclusive and equitable manner, delivering environmentally-friendly services efficiently and sustainably.