Peshawar, March 21, 2019__In follow up Consultative Workshop to seek the Development Partners recommendations, the Planning and Development Department under the chairmanship of Provincial Senior Minister Tourism, Culture, and Archeology Muhammad Atif Khan organized a workshop to develop a Sustainable Development Strategy. The Workshop took place in local hotel Peshawar on Thursday today and brought together nearly 100 participants, drawn from the 32 Major Donors, Government, the UN Organizations, ADB and World Bank. Additional Chief Secretary Shehzad Khan Bangash, Secretary P&DD Atifur Rahman and Chief Economist, DG PCNA, DG Projects, and Chief Foreign Aid Section P&DD were also present on the Occasion. The Workshop was supported by the Governance and Policy Project of Multi-Donors Trust Funds World Bank.
Senior Minister said that under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is transforming its strategic potential in revenue mobilization, youth development, and improvement in services for the marginalized segments of the society.
Provincial Senior Minister said that the government has taken measure to produce a good Sustainable Development Strategy and guidelines on how to exploit our resources, potential, and skills without delay for socio-economic development, poverty eradication and upgrade the living standards of the people in coming 4 years. We could add 20 percent efforts in the 80 percent God gifted resources to use it for the prosperity of the people. He said that Merged Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be brought at par with rest of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in development socio-economic empowerment.
In the Workshop, the partners’ organizations suggested that the government shall provide the one window facilities to partners’ organization to avoid duplications and meaning full investments. SDS has also chalked out a predictable and sustained funding plan for the newly merged districts with an accessible and responsive financial inclusion system.
The World Bank Representative congratulated the Government and extends all support in the implementation of SDS. The partners said that funding plan for the less developed districts might be taken into account so that underdeveloped areas especially merged districts could lend their priority place in the development portfolio.
Secretary Planning and Development in his concluding remarks said that the deliberations which are undertaken in this workshop will be translated into SDS. He added that SDS is living documents and could be changed with accepted follow-up goof recommendations for better change.
The Director-General Projects said that SDS will address the challenges raised by Partners and added that every stakeholder gathered here has a role to play in the successful follow up and implementation of recommendations.