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  • a). Drafting Rules of Business for Local Government Institutions: GBPI is implementing a USAID assisted project of drafting Rules of Business for Local Government Institutions under the Local Government Act 2014. Through implementation of this project 6 Rules of Business of GB Finance Commission, Local Government Commission, Local Council Board, District Council, Tehsil Council and Union Council will be drafted in collaboration with GBLA, concerned government departments, political parties, and citizen’s by adopting a series of stakeholders consultation in all the districts of Gilgit-Baltistan. The GB level stakeholders consultation has already been initiated in August 2015 and this process will continue till the end of February 2016.

    b). GBLA Election Observation 2015: GBPI in collaboration with Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) has conducted election observations during Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly election, held on June 8, 2015. On directives of the Chief Election Commission of Gilgit-Baltistan, GBPI deployed 200 election-day independent observers and 24 constituency coordinators all over the Gilgit-Baltistan, covering more than 70% polling stations for observing the election process.

    c). Drafted GB Local Government Act 2014: With financial support from UNDP, GBPI has provided technical assistance to Standing Committee/Select Committee of GBLA on legislation, in drafting the GB Local Government Act 2014. In addition, to drafting the bill, GBPI has facilitated a series of Select Committee meetings and stakeholders consultations in Gilgit and Baltistan regions. The bill was passed unanimously by the GBLA in September 2014 and assented by the then Governor in November 2014.

    d). Support to GB Mining Concession Rules 2014: On directives of GB Council, GBPI reviewed the draft GB Mining Concession Rules 2014 and organized stakeholders consultation inviting GBLA members, civil society organizations, constitutional experts and youth organizations. The input of the consultation and the review was provided to the Chair of the GB Council Standing Committee in the form of Briefing Note.

    e). Consultation on Model Law “Award of Compensation to Civil Victims of Conflict and Terrorism”: In January 2013, GBPI in collaboration with Institute of Social and Policy Sciences (I-SAPS) organized one day consultative seminar for the GBLA and GBC members on Model Law “Award of Compensation to Civil Victims of Conflict and Terrorism” in Islamabad. The Seminar was attended by the Chief Minister, Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Minister for Law, Finance Minister, Health Minister, Tourism and Information Minister, Minister for Forest, wildlife and Parks, Chairman Standing Committee GBC, Chairman Public Accounts Committee GBLA and members of GBLA and GBC of Gilgit-Baltistan. At the end of the consultation a commitment was made by the legislators to initiate an official/government bill in the GBLA for enacting the above mentioned law. The drafted bill is in the review process with Law department of GB.

    f). Introduction of Tax System in Gilgit-Baltistan: In 2011, when the provincial government in Gilgit-Baltistan was in the process of introducing taxation system in Gilgit-Baltistan after 60 years of tax holiday, GBPI organized an interactive seminar in Islamabad titled “Introduction of Taxes in Gilgit-Baltistan” participated by taxation experts, civil society representative, elected members of GBLA and GB Council, and the staff of Excise and Taxation department of GB.

    g). Seminar on GB Empowerment and Self-Governance Reforms Order 2009: With assumption of the offices by the new government including governor, chief minister and ministers, the shift in governance style and administrative set-up is realized and expected in Gilgit-Baltistan. Realizing the need, GBPI in collaboration with Centre for Civic Education and Forum of Federations Canada organized a two-day seminar in Islamabad in July 2010, titled “Gilgit-Baltistan Reforms Order 2009-Challenges and Opportunities” inviting elected representatives of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA), ex-members of the GB Legislative Council, leadership of major political parties, representatives of civil society organizations and academia, and national constitutional experts. The seminar was attended by 20 members of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly including Chief Minister and Speaker, 3 members of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Council, 5 representatives of major political parties and a number of Civil Society Representatives.

    h). Policy dialogue on Water Management in Gilgit: In January 2011, GBPI in collaboration with AKRSP and UN-HABITAT organized a one day stakeholder’s consultation on “Water and Sanitation Challenges in Gilgit”. The participants of the seminar were members of Gilgit-Baltistan Council (GBC) and Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) including the Chief Minister, Deputy Speaker, and Minister for Law, Water & Power and Planning & Development, Senior Minister and notables of the area. As a result of the dialogue the process for establishing Gilgit and Skardu Development Authorities was initiated by the government.

    i). Seminar on Diamer-Bhasha Dam: In January 2014, GBPI organized a discussion session on implications of “Diamer Bhasha Dam Project” on people of Gilgit-Baltistan in Friederich Naumann Foundation office Islamabad. The discussion session was attended by the Deputy Speaker GBLA, Minister for Works, Minister for Law and Education, Minister for Water and Power, Chairman Public Accounts Committee, Chairman Standing Committee GBC, members of GBLA, GBC and representatives of Civil Society from GB.

    j). Mapping and Networking of Indigenous People: GBPI has initiated a project of mapping of indigenous people in Gilgit-Baltistan. The initial screening of Indigenous People is in progress, once completed, will establish a network of Indigenous People to educate policy makers for enacting laws to protect indigenous rights of the people in context with the mega development and conservation projects.
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