ISLAMABAD: The federal government has appointed Grade-22 officer Kamran Ali Afzal as the news Finance Secretary.
According to the notification issued by the Establishment Division, Afzal was named finance secretary. He also served as special secretary finance division. Afzal belongs to Pakistan Administrative Service.
There were other strong contenders such as Zafar Hassan, Ali Raza Bhutta and Mohsin Chandna. Secretary Cabinet Division Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera was not among the contenders because he had already touched the peak of his career.
Outgoing Secretary Finance Naveed Kamran Baloch has been appointed as Executive Director in the World Bank). He will join his new position based in Washington DC next week after the New Year holidays. Baloch retired from civil service after reaching the age of superannuation.
Kamran Afzal has been appointed as Secretary Finance with immediate effect. He was currently serving as Special Secretary, Ministry of Finance, for the last few months.
Kamran Afzal holds a PhD Political Economy from University of Melbourne, Australia in 2011. He completed his Masters of Public Policy and Management from University of Melbourne in 2003. He did his Masters in Economics from Government College, Lahore in 1995.
He held key positions in different ministries/divisions as he had served as Additional Secretary Finance external wing in BS-21 and devised structuring and implementation of the reforms programme in coordination with development partners. He had served as additional finance secretary investment and additional secretary PM Office during his earlier appointments.