Deliberative Dialogue on Climate Resilient Infrastructure Financing
The third meeting of the project steering committee for the Pakistan Community Support Project was held under the chairmanship of Secretary of the Planning and Development Department, Mr. Shah Mahmood Khan. During the meeting, activities related to the project: Community Outreach and Communication, Community Mobilization and Capacity Building, and Community Infrastructure Schemes, were discussed in detail.
Today, a delegation from the Sub-National Governance (SNG) programme had a meeting with the Chief Secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Nadeem Aslam Chaudhary. The team presented a detailed overview of the programme’s activities, interventions, and technical assistance provided to the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The meeting was also attended by the Additional Chief Secretary and relevant secretaries. Both sides expressed their commitment to continued collaboration to enhance public service delivery in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through the SNG programme’s interventions.
Newly appointed Additional Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mr. Muhammad Zubair Asghar Qureshi and Secretary Planning and Development Department Mr. Khayyam Hasan Khan took charge.
In honor of outgoing Additional Chief Secretary Mr. Ikramullah Khan and Secretary Planning and Development Department Mr. Shah Mehmood Khan, a farewell meeting was held in the Department of Planning and Development in which the officers of the department participated. In the meeting, the services of both the officers for the department were appreciated and good wishes were expressed for them.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is implementing an online e-Procurement system to increase transparency and accountability in public procurement and contract awards. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Procurement Regulatory Authority developed the system with support from USAID, and it aims to improve governance. Recently, the system underwent a pilot project/test run at the Chief Secretary Office in Peshawar. Today, the Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Nadeem Aslam Chaudhary, chaired a meeting to review the e-Procurement system’s progress.
The 18th meeting of the steering committee of PDMA PARRSA was held at Civil Secretariat Peshawar under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Nadeem Aslam Chaudhry. The meeting was attended by the Additional Chief Secretary, Secretary of Relief, Secretary of Health, Secretary of Communications and Construction, Secretary of Primary and Secondary Education, DG PDMA, DG Rescue 1122, and other concerned officials.
The meeting was informed that the Provincial Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Settlement Authority (PARRSA) was created in 2009 to rebuild the infrastructure damaged due to militancy in the Malakand division which was merged with PDMA in 2018 and was made as the rehabilitation wing of PDMA. The said committee of PARRSA gives speedy approval of projects in various sectors in the Malakand Division.
The meeting agenda consisted of pending projects under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Reconstruction Program, the transfer of funds allocated for destroyed houses to the rehabilitation of flood-affected infrastructure, the establishment of a review committee on the progress of projects and various projects under the Malakand Infrastructure Project.
The committee directed that in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Reconstruction Program pending projects in various sectors should be removed and completed before the month of June. While the transfer of funds for demolished houses should be presented before the provincial cabinet. Moreover, the proposed project in the Malakand infrastructure project should also be approved by the provincial cabinet. The meeting also approved the review committee under the chairmanship of Secretary Relief and Resettlement and directed that the review committee will convene a review meeting in two weeks and inform the Additional Chief Secretary about the progress of the projects.
The Senate Standing Committee for Safron Sub-Committee members visited Peshawar.
The convener of the sub-committee Senator Dr. Sania Nishtar and the member committee Senator Shamim Afridi were briefed on the development projects of the merged districts. The sub-committee stressed the importance of digitization and more effective monitoring of projects.
The sub-committee has assured the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government of its support in taking funds from the federal government for the province, especially the newly merged districts.
In the meeting, the sub-committee was also given a detailed briefing on e-tendering/procurement and GIS system.
Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Nadeem Aslam Chaudhry, Additional Chief Secretary Muhammad Zubair Asghar Qureshi, secretaries and other officials participated in the meeting.
Mr. Najy Benhassine, the Country Director of World Bank called on Mr. Muhammad Zubair Asghar Qureshi, the Additional Chief Secretary of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, in Peshawar, today to discuss the ongoing development cooperation between the World Bank and the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
A meeting regarding the Merged Areas Governance Programme (MAGP) held under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mr. Muhammad Zubair Asghar Qureshi. The Additional Chief Secretary was briefed on different interventions of MAGP: accelerated development through the Accelerated Implementation Programme (AIP) and Special Emphasis Programmes, border governance and connectivity, and support to local governance.