KP Government Approved Economic Development Plan for Province

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan commitment for economic development of the province resulted in special meeting of Provincial Development Working Party which approved important economic development plan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The economic development plan for the province is approved in the Provincial Development Working Party meeting chaired by Additional Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shehab Ali Shah in Planning and Development Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The meeting approved the Rural Economic Transformation Project for 35 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the total cost of the project is Rs 29 billion. Under the Rural Economic Transformation Project, projects will be worked on in four sectors of agriculture, forestry, social welfare and industries in all the districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The project will be completed in seven years and will benefit about 4.3 million people, 785,000 families. Under the project, 675,000 families will benefit from agribusiness development. 110,000 youth will be given skill development trainings and training in various other fields for employment. The main objectives of the project are poverty reduction, access to food, food nutrition security and making the rural population a part of economic development. The project will usher in a new era of economic development in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The project will be sent to the Federal CDWP. The meeting also approved the construction of playgrounds at the level of Union Council at a cost of Rs. 4 billion in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including the merged districts.

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Mr. Najy Benhassine Met Minister Finance & Health and ACS KP at P&D Department

Minister Finance & Health KP Mr. Taimur Jhagra & Additional Chief Secretary KP Mr. Shahab Ali Shah met with the Country Director World Bank Pakistan, Mr. Najy Benhassine at P&D Deptt today.
The meeting discussed ongoing bilateral projects & future development cooperation in detail.

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Meeting on Arrangement and Preparation for Dubai Expo

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will participate in the Dubai International Expo in the United Arab Emirates to attract more foreign investment to the province and highlight the province’s positive image at the international level in which important projects of the provincial government for foreign investment will be presented. These projects will include tourism, agriculture, industry, minerals, and energy, infrastructure and information technology projects. In order to highlight the province’s culture and local products at the international level, the Dubai Expo will showcase the province’s culture, culture and archeology, as well as locally made products and a cultural show will also be organized for the said purpose.

A meeting on arrangements and preparations for participation in Dubai Expo was held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan on Tuesday. Additional Chief Secretary Shahab Ali Shah, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Amjad Ali Khan, Secretary Industry Humayun Khan, Director General Culture and Tourism Authority Kamran Afridi, Chief Executive Officer Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Investment and Trade Hassan Dawood and other concerned officials attended the meeting.

Briefing the meeting about the arrangements of the provincial government for participating in the Dubai Expo, proposed activities and other matters, it was informed that 192 countries including Pakistan would participate in the expo and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government would participate in this international expo in January next year. It was further informed that according to the initial schedule:

  • KP Pavilion will be set up in the Expo on January 1, 2022 and various products of the province including leather, textile, handicraft, cottage and other products will be exhibited.
  • On 6th and 7th January 2022, Special Economic Zones Investment Conference on Rashkai Special Economic Zone, Ghazi Economic Zone, Chitral Economic Zone and the proposed Draban Special Economic Zone will be held.
  • The Mines and Minerals Investment Conference will be held on January 10 and 11, as well as an exhibition of precious stones.
  •  A conference on tourism, culture and archeology investment will also be held on January 14 and 15 regarding integrated tourism zones.
  • A conference will be held on 18 and 19 January 2022 on construction of Crude Oil Refinery, LPG Storage and Bottling Plants in Energy and Power Projects, 22 MW Patrak Sheringal Hydropower Project, 47 MW Barikot Patrak Hydropower Project, 20 MW Gorband Khwar Hydro, 496 MW Curry Mushkur Hydropower Project and 377 MW Gharit Sawer Hydropower Project.
  • A conference on Peshawar-DI Khan Motorway, Swat Expressway, Dir Motorway, Buner Expressway will be held on January 22.
  • In addition, the Billion Tree Tsunami Project will be unveiled on January 23.
  • A conference on the provincial government’s plans in the field of science and technology will be held on January 24 and 25.
  • A conference on agriculture and livestock projects will also be held on January 29 and 30, in which KP Food show will also be included.

The meeting was further informed that a strategy for business to business model has also been formulated in which private sector projects through representative organizations of industrialists would also be included in the expo. It was decided at the meeting that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Investment and Trade would oversee the participation of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in the expo and all the activities of the provincial government and all the concerned departments will finalize their plans by October 15 to present at the expo. Describing the Dubai Expo as an excellent opportunity to attract more investment from the province, the Chief Minister directed the concerned authorities to present at the expo the projects of the provincial government which are suitable for foreign investment and which have Feasibility studies and master plans. The Chief Minister further directed that arrangements and preparations for participation in the Expo should be finalized in a timely manner but implementation of the rules and regulations of the provincial government should be ensured in all respects.

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Review Meeting on High Priority Development Projects

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan chaired a meeting on high priority development projects of the provincial government. The meeting reviewed the progress made so far on these development projects. In addition to the Additional Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Administrative Secretaries of the concerned departments also participated in the meeting.

A total of 216 high priority development projects have been identified which will be completed in the next two years, the briefing said. According to the briefing, out of these high priority projects, 94 projects belonged to integrated districts. So far two priority projects have been completed while progress on 205 projects is continuing as per the stipulated timelines, the briefing said.

An online tracking system has been developed to monitor these projects, the briefing said. The Chief Minister decided to hold a review meeting every month to review the practical progress on these projects. The relevant administrative secretaries will personally attend the meeting and will brief on the progress of these projects, the Chief Minister said. The CM directed the relevant secretaries to meet in two weeks to review progress on their respective projects. Planning and Development department should monitor progress on all these projects, Mahmood Khan said.

The provincial government is very serious about the timely completion of these priority projects, the CM said. There will be no compromise on the timely completion of these public welfare projects, the Mahmood Khan said. Disciplinary action will be taken against the officials responsible for delay in timely completion of these projects, not just transfers, the CM said. We have less time and more work, departments have to work away from the traditional way of working, Mahmood Khan said. The Department of Education, Health and Local Government should pay special attention to further improve service delivery, the Chief Minister said.

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6th PDWP Held on 12th October 2021

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government approves several development projects in light of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan’s development vision. A meeting of the Provincial Development Working Party was held in the Planning and Development Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shehab Ali Shah in which forum members and concerned officials participated. The notable projects include education, municipalities, roads, industry, science and information technology, social welfare, and irrigation projects.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to build dams in Tank and Dera Ismail Khan Districts. The forum approved the feasibility and detailed design of Tank Zam Dam in Tank District and Choudwan Zam and Draband Zam Dams in DI Khan. The construction of the three dams will irrigate 19,721 acres of land while the Tank Zam Dam will also generate 25.5 MW of electricity. The approval of these projects will solve water availability problems in the area, facilitate water access, and increase agricultural production. These Projects will ensure food security in these districts as well.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan pledges development projects on the basis of equality for all districts. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has approved district development plans for different parts of the province. 10 district development plans will be launched at a cost of Rs. 65 billion. Other projects include roads, education, health, irrigation, agriculture, transition to solar energy. The forum approved District Development Plan Peshawar, District Development Plan Nowshera and Charsadda, District Development Plan Mardan Division, District Development Plan Swat and Shangla, District Development Plan Buner, Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Malakand, Upper Chitral, Lower Chitral, District Development Plan Kohat Division, District Development Plan Bannu Division, District Development Plan DI Khan Division, District Development Plan Hazara Division, District Development Plan Integrated Districts.

KP Government took an important decision for the prevention and rehabilitation of drugs. The forum approved to set up rehabilitation and de-taxification centers in 12 districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to rehabilitate drug addicts and make them useful citizens, the project will cost Rs. 74 crore. The Rehabilitation Centers will be set up in Peshawar, Charsadda, Shangla, Buner, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Upper Dir, Haripur, Lakki Marwat, Bannu, Hangu, and Tank. The centers will provide vocational training and education to raise drug addicts to a normal life, raise awareness about the diseases caused by drug use and guide the affected families.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has approved the remodeling of the Bara Canal River system in Khyber District. The Bara Canal System was built in 1979-80 and will irrigate 44,900 acres of land. An Rs 1.1 billion project was approved for rehabilitation of canal structure, lining of canal, construction of new structure, construction of farm to market roads around the project in Bara and Peshawar. The remodeling will ensure water access to the land adjacent to the project.

In the light of Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s development vision, Mahmood Khan pledged to bring projects on an equal footing for all integrated districts. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has introduced a plan to boost economic activity in the integrated districts and urban centers of the tribal sub-division. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has approved a Rs. 7.8 billion market development and uplift project for seven integrated districts and six tribal sub-divisions. Under the project, a total of 868 projects will be worked on in the integrated districts in the areas of market upgradation, solarization, sidewalk rehabilitation, sewerage projects, food streets, play areas, water projects, rescue stations and other sectors.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government took initiative to promote information technology in the province. Feasibility of 1200 kanal Special Technology Zone in Mardan at Rs 5.6 crore, feasibility and design of IT Park at Abbottabad at Rs 5 crore and feasibility of Gandhara Digital Complex project at Peshawar and Swat at Rs 15.5 crore were approved.

Promotion of higher education in integrated districts is the top priority of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government. The Provincial Development Working Party has approved 12 degree colleges for the integrated districts as per the directions of Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan at a cost of Rs 5.22 billion. The following Degree collages will be established according to the plan:

1- Government Degree College Salarzai Bajaur

2- Government Degree College, Atmankhel, Bajaur

3- Government Girls Degree College, Atmankhel, Bajaur

4- Government Degree College Halimzai Mohmand

5- Government Girls Degree College Landi Kotal Khyber

6- Government Degree College Lower Karam

7- Government Degree College Spain Wam Shivai North Waziristan

8- Government Girls Degree College, Mir Ali, North Waziristan

9- Government Degree College, Sarokai, South Waziristan

10- Government Degree College Visit Nahar Khyber

11- Government Girls Degree College FR Bannu

12- Government Degree College Ping, Naqib Khel FR Tank

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Promotion of Tourism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Significant progress has been made in the systematic promotion of tourism in the province. The Master Plan and feasibility study is completed for setting up four integrated tourism zones in the province. The Master Plan of Integrated Tourism Zones is presented to Chief Minister Mahmood Khan by Tourism and Planning and Development departments. Chief Minister agreed in principle with the Master Plan. The Master Plan will be submitted to the World Bank for implementation. These integrated tourism zones include Ghanul Mansehra, Mankial Swat, Madakalisht Chitral and Thandiani Abbottabad.

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Weekly Review Meeting of The Department

A weekly review meeting of the department was chaired by Additional Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shehab Ali Shah in Planning and Development Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. all officers of the department, Section Chief and relevant units participated in the meeting. The meeting reviewed in detail the issues related to tracking system for development projects, master plan for cities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate of P&D Department, and Bureau of Statistics.

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KP Government Announced to Celebrate Ashara Shani Rehmat-ul-Alamin

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government announces to celebrate Ashara Shani Rehmat-ul-Alamin
Important meeting between Chief Khatib Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Maulana Muhammad Tayyab Qureshi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cabinet members Kamran Bangash, Zahoor Shakir, Additional Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Shehab Ali Shah, Secretary Auqaf Khayyam Ahsan in this regard.

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Meeting on to Establish New Balakot City to Promote Tourism

Prime Minister Imran Khan presided over the meeting regarding the development of New Balakot City as a tourist destination. The government is building new tourist destinations in the mountains to boost tourism in the country. To achieve this end, prominent private investors in the tourism and hospitality sectors are being attracted to the public-private partnership mode. The Prime Minister directed the concerned federal and provincial authorities to take all necessary steps to provide full facilities to private investors in this regard. He directed the KP government to complete the project from IRA as a tourist destination. The Prime Minister further directed that cultivable lands should not be included in the plan to ensure food security in the region.

Earlier, the Prime Minister was informed that Feasibility Study of Rs. 19.5 billion project to develop New Balakot City as a tourist hub on Design-Build-Finance-Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) mode has been completed by NESPAK and KPMG. Under the proposed project, 63% of the total 6753 residential plots are allotted for allotment to local victims, while the remaining 2480 residential and 575 commercial plots besides 800 apartments will be auctioned to raise funds for the implementation of the project.

The Prime Minister was informed that the development of New Balakot City was primarily the responsibility of the KPK provincial government rather than the federal government. The KP government has already acquired land for this purpose. The project, to be completed under a public-private partnership (PPP), will include a youth hostel, a theme park, a camping ground and a three-star hotel. Upon completion, the project will not only reduce the pressure on existing tourist destinations, but will also generate more than Rs. 7 billion as a result of sharing expected revenue with the government.

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Meeting on Chashma Right Bank Canal

The construction of the Chashma Right Bank Canal (CRBC) Lift Low Gravity Project will be a real game changer for the socio-economic development of a wide area in southern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, PM Imran Khan said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a meeting on integrated agriculture and development projects for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, especially the Chashma Right Bank Canal (CRBC). Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan also participated in the meeting.

Upon completion, the project will irrigate about 300,000 acres of barren land in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This will not only ensure food security in the region, but also increase the export of agricultural products to the Middle East, which will be a source of foreign exchange for the country. The Prime Minister directed the concerned authorities to take effective steps to promote corporate farming in the area. This will not only increase the income of farmers in the area but also help in eradicating poverty and hunger, ensuring good education for the local population, basic health facilities and other civic amenities. “We need to make full use of the vast natural resources available for the socio-economic development of our people,” PM added. The meeting also discussed alternative financial models for the construction of Chashma Right Bank Lift Canal (CRBC) mega development project.

The meeting was attended by Minister for Energy Muhammad Hamad Azhar, Trade Adviser Abdul Razzaq Dawood, Provincial Ministers Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Timur Saleem Jhagra, Mohibullah, Chairman National Highway Authority Khurram Agha, Chairman FBR Dr Muhammad Ashfaq Ahmed and concerned officers.

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