The planning and development department has developed a strategy of Rs68 billion, aims to create employment opportunities in tribal districts.
The Economic Development Plan (EDP) will focus to strengthen businesses, small and medium enterprises, agri-business and green economics sectors, mines and minerals, and tourism sector to create jobs in tribal districts. According to the official documents, a comprehensive action plan will also be developed for tribal districts with a diversified range of interventions for all potential economic sectors by bridging the capacity and resource gap.
Furthermore, it will have short-term, medium-term, and long-term projects with short-to-medium-term ones spanning over a period of one to three years and medium-to-long-term ones for three years and more.
An apex committee will be formed to monitor progress of the initiative. The director-general of the P&D department’s sustainable development unit, administrative secretaries, and representatives of donor agencies will be the members of the initiative. The sectoral committees will be headed by the respective administrative secretaries.
The designing and implementation of the projects will be the responsibility of the relevant government and providing technical assistance in designing and implementing the plan will be the responsibility of the UN and other donor agencies. Whereas, the directorate of monitoring and assessment of the P&D department will be involved to monitor the field level progress on the need basis.
The Economic Development Plan will include 84 long-term and short-term projects, wherein 21 of agri-business sectors, 28 of agriculture, 10 of skill development, seven each of mines and small and medium enterprise, and four of the tourism sector. Total Rs28 billion will be allocated for the development of the project and Rs18 billion will be spent on short-term projects and Rs10 billion on long-term ones.
However, new tourist destinations, being planned to be developed in Kurram, Khyber, and South and North Waziristan tribal districts will be highly helpful in generating thousands of employment opportunities.