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Fazal Abbas Maken

Deputy Minister/Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Food Security and Research

Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken completed his Graduation from Government College, Lahore with Economics and Statistics as his major subjects. He joined the Pakistan Administrative Service (formerly known as District Management Group) in 1983. Apart from holding district-level administrative assignments, relating to law & order and revenue collection, he has held mid-management and senior management positions related to planning & development, project management, policy-making and promotion of Pakistan’ s international trade. He served as Secretary, Irrigation and Power Development, Government of NWFP (now Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) from August 2000 to September 2002. During his tenure, he led the formulation and implementation of the Development Plans and various policies for these sectors. He successfully steered the Malakand-III Hydel Power Project and initiated the procurement process for its construction.

From February 2005 to August 2009, Mr Fazal served as Minister (Trade) at the Pakistan High Commission, New Delhi. This assignment entailed liaison with the Indian Government to address issues pertaining to bilateral economic relations. Mr Maken later served as Secretary, Commerce & Investment Department, Government of Punjab from December 2009 to January 2011. He was responsible for undertaking initiatives for attracting investment in the Province and played a pivotal role in the provincial government’s efforts for raising funds for rehabilitation work during the 2010 floods. From December 2011 to November 2014, he worked in the Ministry of Commerce as an Additional Secretary where he led the ministry’s team which formulated the Strategic Trade Policy Framework 2012 – 2015. He also served as the Secretary for the Ministry of Science & Technology (MoST) where he worked to create linkages amongst R&D institutions, academia and the industry.