Peshawar: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has expressed the confidence that the devolution process that the provincial government had ushered in the province will bring development closer to the people and will also develop a sense of ownership and ensure accountability at all levels of society.
Speaking at the 3rd Community-Driven Development Conference as chief guest at a local hotel on Wednesday, the Chief Minister reiterated that the present PTI-led provincial government was committed to bring a change in lives of the most marginalized groups, whether they live in geographically remote regions of the province or form part of segments of society that have up till now remained untouched by the fruits of development.
The conference was jointly organized by the European Union (EU), Rural Support Program Network (RSPN) and Sarhad Rural Support Program (SRSP). The Ambassador of EU, Islamabad, Jean-Francois CAUTAIN, Chairman RSPN Shuaib Sultan Khan and representative of SRSP also spoke on the occasion.
Admiring the EU contribution for the development of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other part of Pakistan, the Chief Minister said that the initiatives taken by EU in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were more significant than various other donors because they are based on local ideas and planning.
He said that such initiatives ensured tapping of local social and material resources as well as ownership of the people and sustainability of their work. He said that such programs made immediate impacts at local level because they addressed locally identified needs. He further added that present Khyber Pakhtunkhwa govt had followed the same approach to serve people at local level under the newly introduced and fully empowered local government system.
He said that the combined initiatives were also proved beneficial in transforming the area that was devastated by emergencies like war, floods and earthquakes.
Appreciating the efforts of the organizers, Mr. Khattak believed that the conference would provide a good opportunity to elected representatives, projects executing agencies, civil servants, civil society and the donors to share their ideas and experiences on how to promote local development. He also assured full cooperation of the provincial government for making the EU donors assisted programs a success.
Earlier the EU Ambassador also called on the Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak at CM House, Wednesday, and discussed with him matters of mutual interests with special reference to the EU assisted development projects and programs in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the provincial government approach toward development process and priorities.