Saturday, February 25, 2017

GoKP and GIZ Launches Local Governance (LoGo) Programme 2017-19 for strengthening of local government system in KP

Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and GIZ Launches Local Governance (LoGo) Programme 2017-19 for strengthening of local government system in KP
On the recommendation of Senior Minister Local Government Department, the Chief Minister KP approved the 3-year German Swiss Funded Support to Local Governance Programme.
Programme is focused on technical areas of strengthening the local governments, increasing local own source revenue and extending state-citizen dialogue.
The Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on the recommendations of Senior Minister for Local Government has approved the 3 year Technical Assistance programme for building the capacity of the local governments elected representatives and government functionaries in the light of new local government Act, 2013. Support to Local Governance (LoGo) Programme funded by German-Swiss governments in Pakistan to support the local government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in enhancing service delivery, increasing own source revenue as well as extending the dialogue with citizens, the programme is in line with the governance reforms policy of the provincial government aimed at establishing and strengthening local governments to respond effectively to the public needs.
The three years programme of German Development Cooperation in Pakistan is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and will be co-funded by the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC). It is being implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
            The overall programme consists of three interlinked intervention areas, supporting the Governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in strengthening the performance of local governments and elected councilors through the implementation of governance reforms. Furthermore, local governments at provincial and sub-provincial level are being supported in the area of participatory development planning and budgeting in order to enhance the accountability and transparency of the local government system and ensure feedback opportunities for citizens, the programme supports the implementation of the Right to Information Act and feedback mechanism for citizens. Provincial and local revenue generation is strengthened, by supporting provincial tax authorities, through piloting of revenue generation measures at the local level and raising public awareness about taxation.
It is important to mention here that the cited programme is being implemented under a proper agreement signed between the local government department, Excise and Taxation Department and GIZ under the oversight of Additional Chief Secretary Planning & Development and Economic Affairs Division, Government of Pakistan. Detail annual activities shall be chalked out through annual planning workshops and approved by the programme Steering Committee.
It is pertinent to mention that the Local Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and German Development Cooperation are working together since 2011 through technical support for training of local government functionaries through the Local Governance School, by enhancing capacity of local governments for service delivery such as solid waste management &communications strategy.
The Government of KP greatly values the technical support of the Government of Germany and Switzerland under the recently launched LoGo programme, and expressed the hope that this will further strengthen the newly established local governments in province as per governance reform vision of the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Labour and Minerals Development Anisz Zeb Tahirkheli has asked the secretariat employees to call off their strike and assured them that their demand of 30 percent secretariat allowance would be seriously considered and KP chief minister would also be informed about the issue.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Labour and Minerals Development Anisz Zeb Tahirkheli has asked the secretariat employees to call off their strike and assured them that their demand of 30 percent secretariat allowance would be seriously considered and KP chief minister would also be informed about the issue. She said the provincial government was totally committed to solve all genuine problems of government employees and hoped that the secretariat employees issue would be resolved in a better manner, because the government employees were playing a role of back bone in the government146s machinery.She expressed these views while talking to a delegation of Secretariat Employees Coordination Council who met the minister at her office in Peshawar. The delegation asked the minister for her support in opening the freezed special secretariat allowance, while in replication, the minister assured the delegation that the matter would be thoroughly considered and she would personally take up the case to the chief minister, however the minister asked the delegation to call off their strike and the provincial government would try to resolve the issue on priority basis. The minister informed that Qaumi Watan Party146s Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao and Party Provincial leadership were committed to support and cooperate with the government employees and they shown this commitment from their visible performance, while the government also desires to provide the employees with all type of help. The minister said that in this connection, various cadres employee had been upgraded which was an exemplary step in the province. She said utmost satisfaction of employees was necessary for their 100 percent perform, therefore this demand would be treated on priority basis and they would inform Chief Minister KP about the issue of these employees.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Labour Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli on Thursday handed over cheques of education scholarships to the male and female students studying at COMSATS Institute Attock Campus.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Labour Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli on Thursday handed over cheques of education scholarships to the male and female students studying at COMSATS Institute Attock Campus.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Labour Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli on Thursday handed over cheques of education scholarships to the male and female students studying at COMSATS Institute Attock Campus. These scholarships cheques were provided to the children of registered workers sons and daughters as financial support. There are total 130 students, studying in the said institution, who were the sons and daughters of the KP labour workers. 15 students from the total 130 received their cheques from the minister, on the occasion, while the remaining 115 would also be provided the same very soon. The total amount issued for these 130 scholarships was approximately Rs.2 crore and 10 lac/wherein Rs. 1 crore and 86 lac approximately included for the fee and other necessary expenses, while the remaining for monthly stipends of the students.
The cheques distribution ceremony was held here at Peshawar, while KP Special Assistant to CM on Technical Education Arshad Khan Umarzai, Deputy Director Workers Welfare Board Sajid Inam and other concerned were also present on the occasion.
During the ceremony, the KP Minister for labour Anisa Zeb Tahirkheli said that the government was providing a number of opportunities for the better education of the children of labour workers in the quality institutions of the country as well as the province. She said the expenses of these students were being provided by the provincial government to ensure students, success in every walk of life and sector of the country.

Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao urges youth to focus on studies

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister for Irrigation and Social Welfare Sikandar Hayat Khan Sherpao has said that universities and educated youth can pave the way for eradication of miseries and deprivation of the Pakhtun Nation, faced by them since long. He said the forty years long international battle of the vested interest have badly effected this region and the same created depression in our nation that was why the modern education and research is essential equipment for our new generation and the universities and scholars are main tools for this purpose.

He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of irrigation channel and flood protection project at Swabi University new camps. The function was also addressed by the vice chancellor professor Dr. Noor Jehan and others.
The provincial minister said that national progress and development is dependent upon surplus energy resources, however, due to lack of modern education and technical backwardness, we could not explore our rich national resources for development.
He called upon the youth to utilize their energies for getting modern knowledge and techniques and stressed for research oriented studies to compete the speedy development of international scenario.
Earlier, the provincial minister formally inaugurated the work on the construction of irrigation channel and flood protection project in the university to be completed with cost of Rs. 19.7 million and same will irrigate 1465 canal barren land of Swabi University new camps and also provide protection to the whole university from flood.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) hosts Chitral Roundtable



Islamabad: January 11, 2017: The Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) in collaboration with the Federal, Provincial and District Governments of Chitral, hosted a roundtable, 'Devising our own Destiny: A Model for Collaborative Partnership for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Chitral'. The participants included representatives from all three tiers of the government, the donor community, foreign missions, civil society organizations and the communities from Chitral.
Chitral today is at a cross-roads and has the opportunity to develop a growth trajectory which is relevant and inclusive of its people and their potential. The joint stakeholder roundtable in Islamabad is the first step to invite the perspective of the key stakeholders in forging the growth strategy and ensuring that the people of Chitral are an important player devising their own future. 

Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development & Reform, said in his key note address, "Chitral as a border district has strategic importance for us and its unique culture, history and social diversity makes it pivotally important for us that Chitral be preserved and promoted. It is wonderful to see such a diverse group of stakeholders come together to commit to the sustainable development of Chitral. We must link Chitral to the tremendous trade and economic opportunities that will arise from the opening of the Lowari Tunnel and the CPEC projects."

He added, "Chitral District is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters with the frequency of such disasters increasing every few years. The organizations gathered here are critically important in helping mitigate the effects of climate change and build disaster resilient communities and structures. It will take the full support, technical assistance and resources of all the stakeholders present here to ensure that Chitral is protected from the effects of climate change and natural disasters. The preservation and promotion of the unique cultural heritage of the region and sustainable planned economic growth that does not damage the fragile social balance of Chitral is also a concern."

Qazi Azmat Isa, CEO of PPAF, said in his closing remarks, "PPAF has invested in the social capital in Chitral for 15 years and now we are convening all the stakeholders to create a unique model of sustainable and inclusive development which will make Chitral a model district in KP. We are grateful to all the participants who have taken time out of their busy schedules to be here and particularly the people from Chitral who braved the inclement weather and blocked roads to be part of this roundtable."

He added, "Chitral has been cut off from the mainstream because of the location throughout the year and the climate in winters. We are at a juncture in time when the Lowari Tunnel and the CPEC routes will make travel to and from Chitral much easier and therefore much more frequent. We can all come together to leverage this change in circumstances while ensuring that the development in Chitral is ecologically and culturally sustainable. The key to this is going to be a transparent governance structure for the utilization of funds which will be through the Chitral Development Forum designed to coordinate, steer, guide and monitor the process of the development of the district."

Mr. Haji Maghfirat Shah, District Nazim Chitral gave a development overview of Chitral, Mr. Shahzada Iftikhar Uddin, MNA Chitral presented the challenges facing the district while Mr. Inayat Ullah Khan, Sr. Minister for Elections & Rural Development KPK shared the opportunities in Chitral. 
H.E. Stefano Pontecorvo, Italian Ambassador to Pakistan spoke about the Italian commitment to Pakistan and development in Chitral. He said he believes that Pakistan will be one of the most leading countries in the next 10 years. 

H.E. Thomas Drew, British High Commissioner to Pakistan spoke about his many visits to Chitral which he saw as a haven of peace, diversity and natural beauty. He fully supported the stakeholder commitment to sustainable development in Chitral. 

 A Chitral Declaration to pledge their commitment to the strong, inclusive, sustainable innovative and resilient economic growth of the district was signed by Haji Maghfirat Shah, District Nazim of Chitral and Qazi Azmat Isa. Ms. Fozia Bibi, MPA CHitral, presented the declaration to the participants. PPAF will subsequently hold a follow-up conference in Chitral with the communities. 

A group of Chitrali students and members of the Kalasha community presented their traditional folk songs. Gulnaz, the runner up in masterchef Pakistan, created traditional cuisine for the participants to taste. Stalls displaying traditional jewellery, woodwork, textile art, dry fruits and shu weaving were also present. 

 
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