November 19, 2021
Gilgit (November 19, 2021): Mr Javed Ali Manwa, Minister for Finance, Gilgit-Baltistan has said that the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan is committed to take every possible step to uplift Gilgit-Baltistan including support to Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) that are working to usher socio-economic development in the region. He said this while speaking as Chief Guest at LSOs learning & sharing event organized by Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF), in collaboration with Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP).
Besides others, representatives from relevant line departments, civil society organizations and 22 LSOs from District Astore, Ganche, Ghizer, and Skurdu participated in the event.
Mr Manwa appreciated the role of CSOs & CBOs in the overall development of the region and said, “the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan recognizes the contribution of PPAF to strengthen our resolve to expedite development process in the region. PPAF has made it possible by entering into partnership with the Government, especially, on the initiatives that are aimed to bring positive change in the lives of communities living in the underserved areas of Gilgit-Baltistan.” He also emphasized on the occasion that Gilgit-Baltistan Government will provide all support to PPAF to operationalize already signed MoU where the projects will be implemented in the underserved districts, especially in the sectors of poverty alleviation through institution building, education and entrepreneurship development. Mr Irshad Khan Abbasi, Group Head, Institution, Integration, and Innovation (III), PPAF, earlier said that it is a matter of great privilege for him to be part of this initiative that aims to ensure inclusive and participatory development where the say of communities has to play the most critical role in all development initiatives. Mr Abbasi, while briefing the participants about the working of PPAF, said, “institutional building is always considered a key factor in the success of any development initiative. Therefore, PPAF gives special importance to building and supporting institutions at the community level as it enables them to steer the development process according to their own choices and priorities.” He assured G-B Government of PPAF support in the area of poverty alleviation, institution building, eco-tourism, enterprise development and at policy level. PPAF will also support G-B Government in revising Local Government Act to form and strengthen village development models, he added. Mr Tahir Malik, Sr GM, Institutions, and Integration explained about the existing running project ‘Tabeer-o-Tameer Fund’ which is designed to empower and strengthen their tier community local support organizations (LSOs). During the learning and sharing event, the LSOs were briefed on the available support mechanisms to ease down the process of registration, and to deal with operational challenges. Mr Manwa also visited community stalls arranged by various LSOs and appreciated the local products produced by rural community members. Published at: https://www.dawn.com/news/1659174