by Zulfiqar Ali Khan
GILGIT, December 16: Globalisation is impacting the lives of the mountain communities living in Gilgit-Baltistan which needs concrete responses. This was said by speakers during a seminar on organisational change management in Gilgit. The seminar was organised by Aga Khan Rural Support Programme with the collaboration of InWEnt-Capacity Building International, Germany. The main objective of the event was to orientate young officers from government and civil society organisations in order to act as a change agent in their organisation for impact, efficiency and effectiveness.
The speakers stressed the need to develop the capacities of the newly formed Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly and other departments in order to materialise the Gilgit-Baltistan Self Governance and Empowerment package 2009. They said joint efforts are needed from the civil society and government departments in order to facilitate the change process occurring after the announcement of the package.
Addressing the gathering, Mutahir Shah; Finance Secretary Gilgit-Baltistan said that Rs 365 million has been allocated for the capacity building of the agencies and stakeholders involved in the implementation of the new package. He said the people of Gilgit-Baltistan need to successfully implement the package in order to pave ways for further steps from the federal government. The people of GB have higher level of awareness and capacities in order to drive their own development. He also assured to organise change management seminars in order to involve the local stakeholders in developing mechanisms for tax collection and contracting system.
Izhar Ali Hunzai, General Manager of AKRSP highlighted the need of changing the public contracting system in GB and introduce broadband internet system in order to reap the fruits of modern development.
Ghulam Amin Baig, Programme Manager AKRSP said that systems-oriented methodologies are required for the sustainable development. He said the InWEnt international leadership training programmes is providing executives from the Himalayas, Hindu Kusch and Pamir mountain regions with professional training aimed at encouraging processes of political reform.
At the end of the seminar certificates were distributed among the young officers for attending the organizational change management workshop.