Minister for Finance, Labour & Employment Dr Haseeb A Drabu will be leaving for Singapore on November 15, Wednesday on an official study visit.
Dr Drabu has been invited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Singapore on the official visit from November 16 to 18 to share with him Singapore’s development experience in public administration, smart cities, water management, tourism and skill development.
According to a communication from the High Commissioner of Singapore, Dr Drabu’s visit to the Republic of Singapore will also include interactions with the Ministers, senior government officials and the think-tanks there.
Pertinently, Dr Drabu, a noted economist, is credited with initiating radical reforms to bring systemic changes in the fiscal management of J&K.
Before joining politics, Dr Drabu, who represents Rajpora constituency of district Pulwama has been involved with national economic policy making in India for seven years at the highest level, including in the Planning Commission, Finance Commission and the Economic Advisory Council of the Prime Minister.
In his professional capacity, Dr Drabu has been also associated High Powered Committee on Economic Reforms for Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister’s Task Force on the Long-term Development of J&K, Member, Planning Commission’s Working Group on Resources other than Tax Resources for the Eleventh Five-Year Plan, Consultant, Asian Development Bank on reforms and reconstruction in J&K, Member, National Banking Panel of Confederation of Indian Industry, Member, Management Committee, Indian Bank’s Association, Member, Advisory Committee of National Disaster Management Authority, Member, Commission on Centre-State Relations, Member of the Expert Group on ‘Promotion of Diversity in living, education and workspaces for the minorities’ formed by Government of India, Chairman, Committee on Power Tariff Structure for Industry in J&K, Chairman, Committee on Cross Border Trade in J&K, Chairman, Committee on Employment Generation in J&K, Chairman, Committee for Restructuring of J&K State PSUs, Chairman, Committee for Tax Reforms, Chairman, Committee for formulation of domestic and International Trade Policy, Member, Task Force for preparing an IT Vision Document for J&K, Member, Taskforce on Unique Identification Project of J&K.
He was also chairman & CEO of state’s only listed company J&K Bank from 2005 to 2010 and was removed before his completion of tenure by Omar Abdullah led government.