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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to launch SPDF to resolve basic problems

The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is all set to launch a Strategic Partnership Development Framework (SPDF) in the first week of next month (October), which provides concrete programme for addressing basic problems of the people of the province in a comprehensive manner. This was revealed in a meeting held at the Pakhtunkhwa House, Islamabad in which the country level heads of almost all development partners of the province (international donors) based in Pakistan including World Bank, USAID, Asian Development Bank, European Union, JIACA and GTZ actively participated.

Additional Chief Secretary (Planning) Khalid Parvez and Chief Economist Shahab Ali Shah briefed the participants on the SPDF, the progress in its formulation, the goals set and the expectations attached to it. Additional Chief Secretary (Finance) Syed Said Badshah Bukhari, Secretary Power Sahibzada Saeed Ahmad, Secretary PE&DD, Secretary Industries, Secretary Education, Agriculture and senior officers of PE&DD participated in the meeting who too responded to the quarries put forward by representatives of these international donor agencies so that each and every point is properly explained.

The meeting was part of the consultative process, the provincial government had initiated so that before taking of the programme everyone has taken on board and the development process have initiated in a targeted manner. The input of the donor agencies received on the occasion will be properly adjusted in the final draft of the Framework, assured Khalid Parvez.

Khalid Parvez said that the SPDF had been prepared in consultation with not only all the local stakeholders but the donors/development partners and it was backed by all the political parties forming coalition government in the province.

He said that today's participatory discussion of the SPDF was also aimed at sharing its draft with the international development partners and once finalised its final will be shared (in the first week of October) again with these partners. Later in response to a quarry, he also stated that even the opposition parties would be invited to the launching of this Framework.

The strategic objectives, targets in each and every sector of the province set in the Framework were explained to the participants so that their input was included in the programme on the one hand and they have given proper opportunity to align their priorities with it (SPDF) and further strengthen their partnerships.

It was informed that a Reforms Implementation Cell at the very office of the Chief Secretary of the Province had already been established to implement the ambitious reform agenda of the government, a Change Management Unit at the PE&DD, established, working groups, attracting memberships from experts from all fields including the private sector and civil society not only notified but worked round the clock to finalise the draft.

It was pointed out that to ensure transparency and accountability in governance the Right to Information Law had already been promulgated while work on legislations regarding accountability, citizens empowerment at the grassroots level providing for devolution of powers down to the village level and a Provincial Finance Commission Award with 50 per cent resource transfers to the districts, allocating funds on the basis of poverty and backwardness instead of population only, the right to service was in final stages. The government expected to achieve universal primary education and removal of gender, ethnic and regional disparities in education by the year 2018.

Some of the goals of the SPDF included 500 per cent increase in energy generation, creation of 200,000 new jobs and reduction of one-fourth poverty by the year 2018. The Framework provides for simplified and reduced process of dispute resolution to ensure peace building and the rule of law in the province, and addressing the achievement of millennium development goals.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2013


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