GB Assembly members discuss employment and poverty issues

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Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) held two days consultative workshop on “Youth Employability and Poverty Alleviation” for the members of Gilgit-Baltistan Assembly here in Is-lamabad.

The inaugural session was graced by the Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan, Khalid Khurshid Khan. In the workshop, an array of expert shared their insights about the emerging issues related to youth employment and shed light on contextual strategies for poverty alleviation in Gilgit-Baltistan.

Chief Minister Khalid Khurshid said that in Gilgit-Baltistan there is a strong tradition of making deci-sions at local level.

His government intends to in-corporate this local tradition into the local govern-ment model to pave the way for the representation of grassroot level communities in governance struc-ture.

Welcoming the participants and experts, CEO Aga Khan Foundation, Akhter Iqbal, said that it is a great platform for learning about emerging issues related to development of Gilgit-Baltistan and making syn-ergies with government and civil society.

The speakers in the workshop emphasized on contextu-alizing the development plans so that they are more in sync with the issues of Gilgit-Baltistan.

They lauded the local communities of Gilgit-Baltistan for introducing a successful model of community par-ticipation for other regions of Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion Dr. Sania Nishtar,Special Assistant on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, appreciated the proactive ap-proach of the government of Gilgit-Baltistan to-wards Ahsass initiatives.

She said that Ahsaaspro-gramme has introduced a system for the vulnerable communities in Pakistan, but there is a need to in-troduce the programme to the targeted people. A strategic plan was also discussed with members of GB Assembly and EhsaasNashonuma and Ehsaas One Window Centres in all tehsils of GB.

Malik Amin Aslam, Federal Minister for Climate Change/Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, shared government initiatives in tackling climate change.

He laid great emphasis on living in harmony with nature instead of fighting with nature. Amin Aslam said that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan know better how to live amicably with nature.

He said that since Gilgit-Baltistan is bearing the brunt of climate change, it is imperative to intervene at multiple fronts. Speaking about future of work, the speakers emphasized on digitization of economy and promoting entrepreneurship in Gilgit-Baltistan.

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