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Pakistan: Earthquake Damage Reconstruction Authority

(Dec. 2, 2007) On July 12, 2007, the Government of Pakistan issued the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority Ordinance, 2007, establishing the autonomous Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA). The authority will be responsible for carrying out surveys to assess damage and implement future planning in the affected areas. It will also formulate comprehensive development programs for reconstruction of government buildings and offices, including infrastructure, tourist facilities, and irrigation and agricultural facilities.

The Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Council (ERRC), whose membership will include, inter alia, the Prime Minister, Chief Minister of the North-Western Frontier Province and other Northern Areas, and the Minister for Kashmir Affairs, is to provide policy guidelines and approve the policies, plans, programs, and projects submitted to it for execution by the ERRA. A Board, consisting of the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the ERRA and other government officials and nominees, will exercise such powers and perform such functions as may be assigned by the ERRC. The Board will be responsible for implementation of plans, policies, and projects approved by the Council. (The Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority Ordinance, No. 25 of 2007, THE GAZETTE OF PAKISTAN 1005-1014 (July 12, 2007).)