In an effort for smooth implementation of the post-merger reforms in tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, GIZ Pakistan in collaboration with the Local Governance School (LGS) and the Local Government, Elections and Rural Development Department (LGE&RDD) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), organized three trainings (3-day each) workshops on the Tehsil Planning, Development, Budget, Accounts & Local Government System for staff and officers of the devolved offices from North and South Waziristan, Khyber, Kurram and Orakzai districts of the KP in Peshawar.

These trainings workshops were part of the post-merger reforms initiatives to equip the officers and staff of the devolved offices to gain necessary knowledge, skills, and expertise for setting up the new local government system in the merged areas and to provide public with efficient services delivery. Those received the trainings were included but not limited to officers and staff from the elementary and secondary education, social welfare, sports, and youth affairs, agricultural (extension, livestock, OFWM, soil conservation, fisheries), population welfare, municipal services- water and sanitation, rural development, public health engineering, finance and planning and tehsil administration.

The first training for officers and staff of devolved offices from Kurram and Orakzai districts was held at the Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar from 24th-26th August and was inaugurated by Mr. Arif Baloch, Secretary Local Council Board, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The second training took place in Peshawar from 29th-31st August, and chief guest, Mr. Usman Mehsud, Director General of the Directorate of LGE&RDD, awarded certificates to the participants from North Waziristan. While the final trainings held in Peshawar from 7th-9th September was held for staff and officers from South Waziristan and Khyber districts. Mr. Zaheer Ul Islam, Secretary Local Government as chief guest and Mr. Asif, Special Secretary, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local government attended the concluding meeting.

In total 21 officers and employees of devolved offices from Orakzai, 27 from North Waziristan, 25 from South Waziristan, 20 from Khyber, and 27 from Kurram districts were imparted training. The recipients of the trainings in various disciplines included, Assistant Commissioner, Additional Assistant Commissioner, Additional Assistant Commissioner, Tehsil Municipal Officers, Assistant Sub Divisional Officers, District Educations Officers, District Zakat Officer Social Welfare Department, District Sport Officer, Agriculture Officer, District Director Livestock Department, Soil Conservation, Assistant Director Rural Development, Sub Divisional Officer, Assistant Director Fisheries Department, District Director Agriculture, Deputy Director LGE&RDD, Live Stock and Public Health Department.

Mr. Arif Baloch, Secretary Local Council Board, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Mr. Usman Mehsud, Director General of the Directorate General of LGE&RDD, appreciated GIZ implemented FATA Development Programme and its support in various areas including development of business plan for LGS and finalization of other key documents including LGS newsletter, Curriculum development (pre-service training modules), Assessment of Revenue generation in Merged Areas, development of roadmap for municipalities, training module for assistant directors, engineers and accounts, training of the officers from devolved offices and elected representatives.

The chief guest of the final training closing ceremony Mr. Zaheer Ul Islam, Secretary LGE&RDD Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, extended his gratitude to GIZ Pakistan for its long-standing support to the LGE&RDD in the various capacity and developmental initiatives.

“I urged all the training participants to uphold full dedication, sincerity, loyalty and politeness while working in the offices and to transfer the achieved skills and expertise to other staff in their respective devolved offices to ensure efficient services delivery to the public”, he added.

It is pertinent to mentioned here that these capacity building workshops were part of the post-merger initiatives considering the KP Local Government (Amendment) Act 2019, to brought structural changes and to fulfil the human resources needs with the technical skills for setting up the new and first ever local government system in the merged areas and to strengthen grassroots democracy.

GIZ-FDP Technical Advisor Muhammad Naeem, on behalf of GIZ-FDP Team Leader, Dr. Peer Gatter welcomed and thanked the chief guest and officials of the LGS and LGE&RDD and staff and officers from the District Administrations of Kurram, Orakzai, Khyber, North & South Waziristan for supporting in accomplishments oGf successful three trainings.

To implement the Merged Areas reforms and to improve services provisions for the local population, GIZ has been implementing the FATA Development Programme (FDP) and is providing technical assistance to the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to implement the FATA reforms and to improve service provision to the population in the Merged Areas in the field of local government, health and education. The Programme is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and co-financed by the European Union.

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