Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO) held an exclusive talk titled “Revitalizing Pakistan’s Energy Sector and the Crucial Role of CPEC” on Thursday here at a local hotel in Islamabad. Mr. Ziad Alhadad the former Director Operations of World Bank delivered the keynote address. As he has managed many projects on energy and helped set up the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program along with publishing many articles with respect to the Integrated Energy Policy (IEP) for Pakistan. Therefore, the talk was of immense importance.
In his keynote address, Zia Alhadad described the issues faced by the country including growing energy deficit despite a substantial energy resource base, spiraling circular debt, exclusion of non-commercial energy in economic plans, absence of an integrated forestry and fuelwood policy, institutional weaknesses within subsectors and fragmented policy level institutional structure, inadequate provision for pro-poor and environmentally friendly energy policy, and legacy of lost opportunities. He said that in order to solve these issues there was a dire need to build capacity and improve governance.
One joint Khuli Kachari was organised for Aawaz union council Botala and 50 MB in press club Khushab. Khuli Kachari was addressed by Ms. Asma Cheema, AC Khushab; Ms. Tabinda Amjad, district information officer Khushab; and Ms. Nabeela Malik, EDO community development. An Attorney General from district court was also invited to represent women rights and women protection institutes.
Mr. Akram Khurshid, Manger Aawaz program and Mr. Zeeshan from DAI were also in the event as special guests.
Union council development plans of both union councils were presented by the village forum members, and more than one women participated in the event Proceedings.
A democratic, socially just and tolerant society guided by participatory principles, which realizes the full potential of its people and their aspirations for sustainable and self reliant development.
To strengthen and support community organizations and public interest institutions of Pakistan for the benefit of poor and disadvantaged sections of society for sustainable development through a participatory approach.