Sunday, January 18, 2015

Balochistan Development Forum to commence in Islamabad today


ISLAMABAD: A two-day Balochistan Development Forum (BDF) organized by the Chief Minister’s Policy Reform Unit (CMPRU), Government of Balochistan with the technical assistance of UNDP will commence on Monday (today) in the federal capital Islamabad.


In the aftermath of 18th Constitutional Amendment, this is the first ever development forum organized by a provincial government and led jointly by the top political leadership of provincial and federal governments.

The forum will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and will bring together political and elected leadership of Balochistan, key policy makers of the federal government and development partners like international donors on one platform to discuss the development agenda for the province. Chief Ministers from other provinces are also expected to attend the event. Representatives from UNDP, World Bank, Asian Development bank and different international development agencies in Pakistan will also be attending the forum.

Inaugural session would be addressed by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malilk Baloch , Governor Balochistan Muhammad Khan Achakzai, Pakhtoonkhawa Milli Awami Party President Mahmood Khan Achakzai,  Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar, Federal Minister for Planning and Development  Chaudhry Ahsan Iqbal, Speaker Balochistan Assembly Mir Jan Muhammad Jamali, Chief Secretary Balochistan Saifullah Chattha, Dr. Kaiser Bengali and provincial ministers of Balochistan.

The concluding session would be addressed by Dr. Mohammad Malik Baloch , Mr. Marc Andre-Franche, Country Director, UNDP, Ms Aban Marker Kabraji, Regional Head, IUCN, Mr. Werner Liepach, Country Director, Asian Development Bank, Mr. Rachid Ben Messaoud, Country Representative, World Bank .

The forum will share Government of Balochistan’s vision and framework on directional development of Balochistan, help create a policy, planning and implementation interface by engaging stakeholders for effective service delivery in Balochistan and will facilitate development partners to achieve aid-effectiveness and harmonization in Balochistan.

Over the two days different working sessions will be hold extensive discussion on the development issues, vision and direction to over-come challenges, opportunities presented by the 18th amendment, natural resource management infrastructure and social development.

Dr. Kaiser Bengali head of CMPRU on the eve of BDF said “Balchoistan’s development is closely linked to its natural resource economy and investment into its human and economic development is the only way to decrease poverty and under development in the province.”

He expressed optimism that BDF will help make the development stakeholders of the province to appreciate that indigenous, representative and consensus-based vision and strategy for inclusive development of Balochistan is the way forward for the province as well for the Federation of Pakistan.

http://www.thenewstribe.com/2015/01/19/balochistan-development-forum-to-commence-in-islamabad-today/

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