by Asghar Khan
Gilgit, September 22: The Gilgit – Baltistan Development Forum started at Serena Hotel in Gilgit yesterday. Held under the theme “Harnessing Potential”, the forum attracted artisans, traders, entrepreneurs and local NGOs who also showcased their products as part of an exhibition held alongside the forum.
The forum was attended by chief minister, members of the Gilgit – Baltistan Legislative Assembly, secretary tourism and other government officials besides officials of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), sponsor of the forum.
Chief Minister, Mehdi Shah, in his speech said that around 50,000 MW of electricity can be generated using the water resources of Gilgit – Baltistan. He also said that more than 50 Gold mines are found in the region. The CM also said that rights of investors will be protected through legislation.
Speakers emphasized that investors can play an important role in economic uplift of the region by putting their money in energy, minerals and tourism industry.