Mahmood Khan Claims Government Interested in Economic Progress

Office of the Press Secretary to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Handout No.1 /Peshawar/DT: 17-10-2018

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has said that the federal and provincial government were going “all out for sustained economic growth both at national and provincial levels” and stressed the need for cooperation by the international community.

The provincial government was working on a 100 day agenda and the UNDP assistance is crucial for the putting on ground various developmental strategies including the tourism promotion and integration of newly merged districts of the erstwhile FATA, he added.

He was talking to the Country Director of United Nation Development Program, Mr. Ignacio Artaza who called on him at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar. Head of SSU Sahibzada Saeed and others were also present at the occasion. The meeting focused on mutual cooperation in different sectors in the province.

The Country Director offered assistance for the government’s reforms, implementation mechanism of policies in different sectors, the mainstreaming and integration of new districts, improvement of economy, promotion of tourism, water conservation and utilization adding that UNDP was closely working with the federal and provincial governments. The UNDP was also launching a 13 million US dollars monitoring project of glacier milting and was working with the federal government on this project.

The meeting agreed for further enhancing the level of mutual cooperation between the two sides.

Chief Minister welcoming the offer of the Country Director said that he had a strong commitment for the sustained development prosperity and wellbeing of the people. We have taken large scale reforms in the province, and the assistance of the donors would be a welcome gesture. He said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s 100 day plan was in the last phase of preparation which would be posted on website after completion and we look to the technical and professional assistance from every direction.

He said that the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had a lot of potential in tourism and referred to the Swat, Malakand and Hazara which needed to be developed on tourism lines. His government was working on these lines.

Referring to the mainstreaming and integration of newly merged districts, the Chief Minister made it clear his government has already extended education and health sectors to these areas and some others steps were being taken.

Task forces both at federal and provincial levels were working on these lines adding that giving relief to the affectees of terrorism hit areas was his government’s priority and his government was using all out resources in this regard. However, the provincial government thinks that the participatory role of donors in the overall developmental process is crucial.

He assured that the provincial government would further strengthen the partnership and engagement for development with the UNDP and together we will work for the development of the region.