Gilgit-Baltistan is a region of immense natural beauty, cultural diversity and strategic importance. It is also a region that faces many challenges, such as poverty, climate change, governance issues and lack of infrastructure. To address these challenges, Gilgit-Baltistan needs visionary and competent leaders who can steer the region towards development and prosperity.
One such leader is Javaid Manwa, the Minister of Finance of Gilgit-Baltistan. The minister has exhibited extraordinary talent and negotiating skills to secure funds for the region.
As the Minister of Finance, Javaid Manwa has been instrumental in formulating and implementing policies and reforms that aim to improve the fiscal situation, enhance revenue generation, promote transparency and accountability, and allocate resources for priority sectors, such as education, health, tourism and agriculture. He has also been actively engaging with various stakeholders, including the federal government, donors, civil society and media, to advocate for the rights and interests of Gilgit-Baltistan.
Some of his notable achievements as the Minister of Finance include:
Securing a record budget of Rs 370 billion for Gilgit-Baltistan for the fiscal year 2021-22, which is 38% higher than the previous year
– Introducing a tax amnesty scheme for traders and businessmen to regularize their businesses and increase tax compliance.
– Launching a digital payment system for government employees to ensure timely and transparent disbursement of salaries and pensions.
– Signing a memorandum of understanding with Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) to boost agriculture tourism in Gilgit-Baltistan by providing loans and technical assistance to farmers.
– Initiating a comprehensive audit of all government departments and projects to ensure accountability and efficiency.
By building consensus and gaining the confidence of his team, he creates an environment where innovative solutions can flourish.