Islamabad has been chosen as one of the first 500 cities in the Global Mayors Challenge program for 2021. According to a news release released on Thursday, the initiative is held every year by the Bloomberg Cities Network in the United States, and hundreds of cities from around the world participate.
Its aim is to select the top 50 ideas from municipalities based on vision, impact, execution, and transferability criteria. Health, inclusive development, climate change, and good governance are some of the idea themes that have been proposed.
Syeda Shafaq Hashmi, Administrator of the Metropolitan Corporation of Islamabad (MCI), is spearheading the initiative by stressing MCI’s institutional interaction with street vendors. MCI has recently developed a Street Economy Unit in Islamabad to boost street livelihood. Under the direction of Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation Dr. Sania Nishtar, the Ehsaas program is guiding and promoting this initiative.