Assistant Chief (SDGs)
Mr. Saleh holds a Master Degree in Economics from the Applied Economics Research Centre (AERC), University of Karachi, Pakistan and has also graduated in Development Studies with specialization in Economics of Development from the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Netherlands.
Muhammad Saleh belongs to Economists Group and is currently working as Assistant Chief with the SDGs Section at Planning Commission of Pakistan. Previously he has served at the Economic Affairs Division (EAD) as the focal person for administering the World Bank social sector development assistance to Pakistan. There inter alia he successfully led the work of preparing, negotiating and managing all kick-off arrangements for the World Bank financed FATA Temporary Displaced Persons (TDPs) Emergency Recovery Project worth of US$ 75.00 million to be executed by the EAD itself. It included extensive consultations with national and international stakeholders to develop a workable apparatus of Conditional and Unconditional cash transfers for FATA TDPs. With the Planning Commission he has been extensively involved in economic and technical appraisal of social sector development projects particularly in population and rural development sectors of the economy. He has also led the consultative process both within and outside government and wrote population chapter for the 10th Five Year Plan of Pakistan. With research interests in the fields of Development Economics and Political Economy, he has been writing on economic issues for national dailies and made scholarly contributions for the international refereed scholarly journals.
His current responsibilities include updating the nationally determined poverty line through CBN method; estimating poverty numbers using household survey data in Pakistan and also to assist in coordination and monitoring the implementation of SDGs agenda at federal and provincial levels through alignment with national plans and policies in Pakistan. "