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Muhammad Munir Qur eshi

c/o Director General,


Directorate General of
Training & Research,
Sutluj Block, Allama Iqbal Town,
Lahore, Pakistan.
92-42-920359/60
0300-8489107
maq_47@hotmail.com
pk_0047@yahoo.com
dgdotdt@gmail.com

Competencies:
Public Administration;
Public Sector Reform;
Economist with special reference to Public Finance;
Feasibility Studies;
Financial Analyst;
Tax Law Consultant;
Education Consultant;
Research with special reference to Fiscal Issues;
Report writing;
Creative Writing;
Communication Skills instruction.

Sta tement of Qua li fic ati ons

I bring almost 39 years of Government of Pakistan, Civil Service (Ministry of Finance)


experience to Public Administration projects and initiatives, including senior management
experience. My most recent focus and experience is with the management of a (Pakistan)
federal government training institution for Direct Taxes personnel – the Directorate
General of Training & Research at Lahore [(DOT(DT)] - with two sub-offices at Karachi
and Islamabad, from April 2006 to Aug 2008.

I hold a Master’s Degree [Honors school] with distinction, in Economics from the
Government College, Lahore (1967), (University of the Punjab). I was placed in the
Academic Roll of Honor of Government college, Lahore in 1968 for ‘outstanding merit.’

During the course of my service career I have participated in training programs for tax
personnel conducted by the Japan Int’l Cooperation Agency (JICA- 1977) and the Law
School of Harvard University, USA (1985-86 / Int’l Tax Program). I have also undergone
training at the National Institute for Public Administration (NIPA) at Lahore (1987), the
Pakistan Administrative Staff College, Lahore (PASC) in 1995 and the Lahore University
of Management Sciences (LUMS) in 2007-8. These training programs have given me an
opportunity to study first hand Public Administration in the USA, Canada, Spain,
Australia and Indonesia.

In 1989 I wrote a book on Fiscal Management (‘Fiscal Imperatives in Pakistan’s


Economic Development’
[http://www.scribd.com/share/upload/9085190/ww319lain8nokclg55u ]
I have also written fairly widely in the print media on economic development and
international relations. As Director General of FBR's principal training institution in
Pakistan (2006-2008) I contributed regularly to the DOTGazette
[http://dgtrdt.gov.pk/html/Gazette.html] and judgments written by me as a judge of the
Income Tax Appellate Tribunal of Pakistan [2000-2006] have been published in Pakistan's
prestigious Law Journals [http://dgtrdt.gov.pk/html/Research.html].

Wor k Experi ence

Dir ec tor ate Gener al of T raining (FBR) 04/2006 – 08/2008.


& R esear ch, Lahor e.

DIRECT OR G ENERAL DO T(DT).

This is a Senior Management position and I was selected to Head Pakistan’s premier
training institution for Direct Taxes personnel in 2006 in the midst of implementation of a
wide ranging program to re-structure Pakistan’s tax administration. Located on a 6.5
hectare campus with two smaller sub-offices at Karachi and Islamabad, DOT(DT) has
over 150 personnel and has state of the art training infra- structure, including up to date
Information Technology facilities.

The IMF funded Tax Administration Reform Program (TARP) for Pakistan launched in
2002 puts special emphasis on the proper training of tax personnel – both officers and
support staff so as to enable them to play an effective role in revenue mobilization.
Recruitment to government positions in Pakistan is through a competitive examination
conducted by the Public Service Commission. Successful candidates are mostly
‘generalists’ with little or no background in Law, Accountancy, Economics, Information
Technology, Public Administration and other areas having a bearing on tax
administration. Their training in these areas is therefore of critical significance. On
appointment I was told to revamp curricula and training methodology at DOT(DT) as
part of FBR’s Tax Administration Reform Program.

During my tenure at DOT(DT) a radical new approach to training tax personnel has been
put into place. In collaboration with the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi
(IBA), FBR officers are now trained for a special purpose MBA Degree (Tax
Administration) agreed to by the IBA, Karachi.

Whereas previously only the traditional ‘lecture’ based teaching methodology was
followed, I developed and introduced a new ‘multi dimensional’ teaching methodology in
which case study, syndicates, seminars and role play are used to impart instruction.

Previously mandated exclusively for the training of FBR officers, almost 3000 support
staff also now receive training annually at DOT(DT).

The experience I have gained in my almost two and a half years tenure at DOT(DT) has
given me exceptional insight in the management of an educational institution.

Income T ax A ppe ll ate T ribuna l 03/2000 – 4 /2006


Of Pak is tan, (M ini str y of Law) .

I have worked for 6 years as a specialist (Direct Taxes) judge at the Lahore Bench of the
Income Tax Appellate Tribunal of Pakistan (ITAT). This is the highest appellate forum on
Direct tax matters in Pakistan on matters involving a factual determination and it’s
judgments are required to be followed by all tax functionaries. I wrote more than 6000
judgments and 53 of these have been approved for publication in prestigious tax journals .
Much insight was gained by me here in Income Tax law and helped me considerably in
the work done by me later at DOT(DT).

Centr al B oar d of Revenue, 10 /1998 – 12/1999


Is lama bad. (C BR)

MEM BER (HRD / R e- st r uctur ing /W eal th T ax).

This is a Senior Management position. I was a member of the select team set up by the
Chairman CBR on the direction of the Prime Minister of Pakistan to oversee the first
major attempt to modernize Pakistan’s Tax Administration.
Directly as a result of the work done by this team, a Pakistan Revenue Authority Bill 1999
was tabled in Parliament. The new law envisaged an autonomous Pakistan Revenue
Authority (PRA) organized on functional lines with much emphasis on the use of
Information Technology and Business Process Re-engineering to speed up and improve
work processes. The compensation package of all tax personnel was also to be enhanced
meaningfully as a move towards providing a ‘living wage.’ Right sizing of the workforce
and it’s effective training were other key features. Unfortunately, before the new law
could be discussed in Parliament, the military intervention of October 1999 led to it’s
demise.

Fede ral B oar d of Revenue. 11/1969 – 07 /1979


07 /1979 – 10/1990
10 /1990 – 10/1998

I have worked for almost 27 years in the ‘field’ formations of FBR (then known as CBR)
as Income Tax Officer (1969-79), Additional Commissioner of Income Tax (1979-90) and
Commissioner of Income Tax (1990-98). The last two appointments are supervisory
positions and all three are concerned with direct taxes assessment and collection. I have
received the Meritorious Services Award from FBR four times during the course of my
Service Career.

Har var d A dv isor y Gr oup Jan 1968 / Jul y 1968


to P aki st an

Worked as RESEARCH ASSOCIATE on a research project for the Harvard Advisory


Group involving preparation of Economic Projections on the movement of bulk
commodities over the (then) West Pakistan Rail and Road network.