KP govt geared up to sup­port so­cial pro­tec­tion in province

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

IS­LAM­ABAD—Sec­re­tary P&DD KP, Syed Zafar Ali Shah said that the Gov­ern­ment of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa will ex­tend its full sup­port and co­op­er­a­tion to all donor agen­cies, de­vel­op­ment part­ners, in­ter­na­tional tech­ni­cal co­op­er­a­tion and im­ple­ment­ing agen­cies in re­al­iz­ing the goal of so­cial pro­tec­tion, eco­nomic em­power-ment and so­cial jus­tice in the province.

Ad­dress­ing at a sem­i­nar on “Co­or­di­nated So­cial Pro­tec­tion Ex­pe­ri­ence Shar­ing & the Way For­ward”; which was jointly or­ga­nized by Gov­ern­ment of Pak­istan (GOP) and ILO here on Mon­day, said a press re­lease. Sec­re­tary Be­nazir In­come Sup­port Pro­gram Salim Ah­mad Ran­jah and UN Res­i­dent Co­or­di­na­tor Pak­istan Neil Buhne were at­tended the sem­i­nar.

Sec­re­tary P&DD KP shared that the province of Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa is no ex­cep­tion with re­gard to the is-sues be­ing faced by the safety net pro­grammes through­out the country. He said, KP is amongst the poor­est prov­inces with poverty in­ci­dence ra­tio of 41.3% against 26% at the na-tional level.

How­ever, the KP Gov­ern­ment is cog­nizant of its re­spon­si­bil­ity, and is fully com­mit­ted to as­sist the poor­est of the poor. The Sec­re­tary P&DD KP in­formed the par­tic­i­pants that Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa has made great strides to­wards a co­or­di­nated so­cial ser­vice de­liv­ery sys­tem by adopt­ing an up­dated and com­pre­hen­sive plan­ning doc­u­ment of the province i.e. the In­te­grated De­vel­op­ment Strat­egy (2014-2018) with the ob­jec­tive to de­liver the fun­da­men­tal rights and priv­i­leges to its ci­ti­zens; con­sti­tut­ing pri­or­ity ar­eas of so­cial ser­vices, ed­u­ca­tion, health, liveli­hood, safe drink­ing wa­ter & san­i­ta­tion, good gov­er­nance, poverty re­duc­tion, em­ploy­ment, and skilled work force.

He ap­pre­ci­ated joint ef­forts of ILO and KP Gov­ern­ment in de­vis­ing the draft “So­cial Pro­tec­tion Pol­icy” and wel­comed part­ners to any de­vel­op­ment in­vest­ment, par­tic­u­larly, in the pri­or­i­tized sec­tor of so­cial pro­tec­tion. On the oc­ca­sion, UN Res­i­dent Co­or­di­na­tor Pak­istan Neil Buhne said that Pak­istan is a One UN country and im­prov­ing so­cial pro­tec­tion is a pri­or­ity area of the One UN Pro­gramme II (2013-17).

He said Pak­istan Vi­sion 2025 is also very much in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment; that high­lights need for so­cial pro­tec­tion in Goal 1 and par­tic­u­larly in Tar­get 1.3. He em­pha­sized the need for ef­forts to “leave no one be­hind” to en­sure that so­cial pro­tec­tion schemes are avail­able and ac­ces­si­ble to all peo­ple in the country and un­der­lined the im­por­tance of con­tin­u­ous im­prove­ment of the ex­ist­ing so­cial pro­tec­tion sys­tem.

The Country Direc­tor ILO Pak­istan In­grid Chris­tensen, dur­ing hes speech, in­formed the par­tic­i­pants that the ex­ist­ing donor funded ‘So­cial Pro­tec­tion Floor Ini­tia­tive-KP (SPFI-KP) project’ is com­ing to an end on June 30th, 2016. She how­ever as­sured the Gov­ern­ment of KP of the ILO’s con­tin­ued sup­port to im­ple­ment Co­or­di­nated So­cial Pro­tec­tion Sys­tem in the Province.

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