GB Government Launches Volunteer Tourism Platform in Collaboration with Code for Pakistan
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan - In a groundbreaking collaboration between the Gilgit-Baltistan Government and the Performance Management & Reforms Unit (PMRU), a Volunteer Tourism platform has been officially launched. Teaming up with Code for Pakistan, a civic-tech non-profit organization, this initiative aims to introduce voluntourism to Pakistan, providing travelers unique opportunities to engage responsibly with local communities.
The GB Volunteer Tourism platform sets out to redefine tourism in the region by offering travelers more than just sightseeing. The focus is on connecting visiting volunteers and the residents. This initiative not only enriches the travel experience for tourists but also contributes meaningfully to the communities they visit.
The core objective of the GB Volunteer Tourism initiative is to create a platform for sustainable and meaningful volunteer experiences. It is tailored for tourists eager to share their expertise and skills, with plans in place to expand collaboration into various other domains. This move is expected to bridge the gap between travelers and the local population, creating a symbiotic relationship that goes beyond typical tourism.
Mr. Sajad Khan, Additional Secretary of Education and Head of PMRU emphasized that GB Volunteer Tourism is a commitment to long-term development and sustainable tourism. The project aims to empower students, teachers, and voluntourists, fostering self-sufficiency within local communities while contributing to the region's economic growth.
The development and launch of this initiative showcase a collaborative effort. Initially endorsed by former Chief Secretary Mohyuddin Wani and continuing to receive prioritization under the new Chief Secretary, Abrar Ahmed Mirza, the project was set into motion by former Commissioner of Diamer, Altamash Janjua.
Chief Secretary Abrar Ahmed Mirza stated, “We welcome tourists from around the world to visit Gilgit-Baltistan. Our goal is not just to share the beauty of our region, but also to encourage a more eco-friendly approach to tourism. We believe that each visitor can play a vital role in shaping sustainable travel practices, helping to preserve the natural wonders of Gilgit-Baltistan for generations to come.”
Sheba Najmi, founder of Code for Pakistan and initiator of the GB Voluntourism project, expressed her enthusiasm, saying, “For a decade, Code for Pakistan has been steadfast in its mission to improve public services and enrich community life throughout our nation. Witnessing the diligent and sincere efforts of the Gilgit-Baltistan Government, especially the PMRU, in pioneering volunteer tourism in Pakistan fills me with immense joy and optimism for our future.”
The GB Volunteer Tourism project is now accepting signups from individuals eager to contribute to the initiative. This marks an exciting opportunity for global citizens to actively participate in sustainable tourism practices.
In conclusion, the launch of the GB Volunteer Tourism platform signifies a paradigm shift in how tourism is perceived and experienced in Gilgit-Baltistan. The collaboration between the government, PMRU, and Code for Pakistan reflects a commitment to long-term development and sustainability. As tourists become contributors to local communities, this initiative is poised to shape the future of travel in the region.
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