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Malakand Economic Development Plan

Malakand Division covers one third of the total area of the province and is located in northern Pakistan. The region is divided into districts of Chitral, Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Swat, Buner, Shangla and Malakand Agency. The idyllic valley of Swat, one of Pakistan’s main tourist attractions, has over the last one and a half year turned into a theatre of insurgency. In addition, the violence forced thousands of people to flee their homes. It was estimated that more than 60 per cent of the inhabitants of Malakand have left the area. 
 
SMEDA team prepared a comprehensive “Economic Development Plan” for Malakand in coordination with stakeholders. The proposed recommendations have been submitted to Provincial as well as Federal Government and donor agencies. The report encompasses Sector Potential & Sector Specific Interventions including Marble & Granite, Gems, Hydel Power, Horticulture, Fisheries, Handicrafts, Dairy & Livestock, Tourism, Trade as well as potential clusters existed in the region.
 
PROPOSED PSDP PROJECTS FOR MALAKAND DEVELOPMENT BY SMEDA KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA:
 
SMEDA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa developed four Project proposals/ PC-1s and submitted to MoI&P which has approved the Projects for Malakand region to reactivate business activities in the region.
Details of the Projects are as under:
 
1) ESTABLISHMENT OF DYEING, WASHING & PRESSING CFC FOR SILK CLOTH CLUSTER AT MINGORA, SWAT, KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA SUPPORTED BY, CSU SMEDA
 
The total estimated cost of the project is Rs. 57.53 Million.
Project objectives and its relationship with Sectoral objectives 
The objectives of the Dyeing, Washing and Pressing (CFC) can be summarized as follows;
  • To support local community in sustainable livelihood by improving and creating economic activity.
  • To improve quality of silk cloth by provision of Dyeing, Washing and Pressing plant as a common facility in the cluster.
  • To provide support to the cluster activities in the shape of technical knowhow to improve their product quality enhancing local demand and bringing them at par with national standards.
  • To provide the cluster with innovative methods of improved dyeing, washing and pressing methods for cost reduction, value addition and time saving.
  • To develop diversified products in the cluster
  • Create market linkages locally and national Level to increase the income of the producers in the cluster.
2) SPINNING CFC AT ISLAMPUR – A COMMON FACILITY CENTER ISLAMPUR, SWAT, KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA
 
The Total estimated cost of the project is Rs. 29.69 Million. 
The main project objectives are:
  • To establish common facilitation unit to uplift the socio economic status of the cluster.
  • To provide technical support to the cluster activities to improve their product quality enhancing local demand and bringing the Product to international standards for export.
  • To provide the cluster with innovative methods of improved wool spinning methods for cost reduction and time saving.
  • To enhance employment opportunities for the available workforce in the region.
  • Provide market linkages locally and for export with information and facilitation for enhancing the income base of the producers in the cluster.
  • To provide technical support to Spinning units/plant as a common facility for providing woolen raw material for the weaving of Shawls, Suits and Kadher making cluster, Islampur, Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
  • To enhance the capacity of the local artisans through hands on training in the production process of Shawls, Suits and Kadher in the cluster.
3) HONEY PROCESSING & PACKAGING COMMON FACILITY CENTER MINGORA SWAT
 
The Total estimated cost of the project is Rs. 38.17 Million.
Project objectives and its relationship with Sectoral objectives 
The objectives of the Honey Processing & Packaging Plant (CFC)can be summarized as follows;
  • To provide proper Honey Extracting, Processing facilities, Honey Cleaning and Packing facility to the Honey Bee Farmers, Honey traders and Honey exporters at their doorstep.
  • To add value through better bottling & packing.
  • Improve quality of the product through state of the art technology.
  • Increase profitability through lower transportation costs.
To open up new markets and increase export of Honey by providing the international standard facility to the cluster stakeholders
 
4) WOMEN BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (WBDC), SWAT
 
The Total estimated cost of the project is Rs. 35.01 Million.
The objectives of the business Development Centre, Swat can be summarized as follows;
  • Provision of all encompassing facility for office space, product showcasing, exhibition, sale, training i.e. capacity building of Women Entrepreneurs.
  • Provision of conducive business environment for women owned businesses in the form of Business incubation Center.
  • Capacity Building of Women Entrepreneurs.
  • Providing specialized services in the field of Marketing, Finance, and Management etc.
  • Employment generation by supporting new business start ups
  • Business development services for existing businesses.
  • Promoting the entrepreneurial culture amongst women in Swat
Others
 
Proposal for Creation of Revolving Fund for the SMEs of Malakand Division
SMEDA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa prepared a comprehensive Malakand Economic Development Plan followed by a Fact Finding Report. The initial work done by SMEDA is used as the Baseline Document by all Government and Non Government organizations working on rehabilitation of Malakand Division and all the recommendations are in process of implementation by different organizations. 
  
SMEDA took the lead in working for economic development of the militancy affected Malakand Division on the instructions of Federal Minister for Industries & Production and CEO SMEDA. A Credit Line for Industries Sector in Malakand of Rs. 2.8 Billion was approved by the Provincial Steering Committee headed by the Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in a meeting held on November 20, 2009. The Provincial Government has formed an Authority to manage the development activities in Malakand Division by the name of Provincial Relief, Rehabilitation & Settlement Authority (PaRRSA). SMEDA has held a series of meetings with the Authority to finalize different initiatives recommended by SMEDA. The Credit Line was also proposed by SMEDA to offer interest free loans to industries on soft terms in order to encourage SMEs to restart, expand, or establish their businesses. SMEDA and Industries Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are finalizing details of the methodology to facilitate release of funds on immediate basis.
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