The project “Support for Implementation of GB Local Government Act 2014” was an 8 months duration project aiming to Improve Legislative Governance in Gilgit-Baltistan. The project was commenced on June 16, 2015 and ended on February 15, 2016. Financial assistance for the project was extended by the office of the US Assistance for International Aid (USAID) through “Citizens’ Voice Project” under a sub-contract signed between Gilgit-Baltistan Policy Institute (GBPI) and Trust for Democratic Education & Accountability (TDEA) Pakistan. The project was headed by the Project Manager and assisted by the Project Coordinator, the Research and Consultation Specialist, the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, a Legal Expert, two Law Drafting Experts, and a Finance and Admin Manager.
The project was implemented by Gilgit-Baltistan Policy Institute in collaboration with GB Government, concerned government developments, elected representatives of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA), Civil Society Organizations, Political Parties, Bar Councils, Press Clubs and Citizens Caucuses. During the course, GBPI extended technical assistance to the government; employing subject experts, conducting stakeholder consultations and publishing extensive coverage of project activities in local and national media.
Technical assistance was extended in developing Rules of Business for Local Government Finance Commission, Local Government Commission, Local Council Board, District Council, Tehsil Council and Union Councils. Altogether 24 multi-stakeholders consultations were conducted at GB and district level to get input in drafting the targeted Rules of Business, and for reviewing draft Rules of Business. The inaugural session/consultation was chaired by the Chief Minister of Gilgit-Baltistan, Mr. Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman. Subsequently, various consultations were chaired by the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of GBLA, Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, Chairs of Standing Committees, Government Secretaries and Deputy Commissioners. The closing seminar was presided over by the Honorable Speaker of GBLA and the Chief Minister honored the occasion as Chief Guest. The closing seminar was attended by 22 members (out of 33 total) of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly including Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, Chairs of Standing Committees and women members, and government officers, representatives of political parties and civil society organizations. A compendium of 6 drafted Rules of Business was handed over to the government for further process of notification and publication in the Official Gazette.