USAID plays important role in development: Shabaz
LAHORE: A USAID delegation, led by its Head of Mission in Pakistan, Andrew Sission, met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif at Chief Minister's Secretariat.
A 75-million dollar five years' programme for building the capacity of the provincial government to improve the management of key municipal services in eleven districts of Punjab was signed on the occasion. Chairman Planning & Development Javed Aslam and country director USAID signed the document. Provincial Minister for Education, Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, MPA Syed Zaeem Qadri and Secretaries of various departments were present on the occasion.
Under the agreement, USAID will initially provide ten million dollars to Punjab government. Under the agreement steps will be taken for water supply, solid waste management, water treatment, sewerage system and improvement of roads and street lights in the cities.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that USAID has always played important role in the development of Pakistan and also helped in coping with devastation of the recent floods.
He said that USAID is also cooperating in the uplift of education and health sectors and the agreement for providing civic amenities will result in better facilities to the masses.
Referring to the steps taken by Punjab government for development of province and welfare of the people, the Chief Minister said that transparency is the hallmark in every sector and all resources are being utilized in a highly transparent manner.
He said that provision of relief assistance to the flood affectees @ Rs.20,000/-per family has been completed while free seeds and fertilizers have also been provided to the affected farmers.
He said that modern villages equipped with latest facilities are being set up in the flood hit areas.
He said that revolutionary measures have also been taken for the uplift of education sector and Punjab Education Endowment Fund has been set up first time in the country's history for the benefit of the poor but talented students facing financial problems.
He said that IT labs have been established in more than 4000 schools of the province which will help in promoting awareness among boy and girl students about the international affairs resulting in broadening their mental outlook and elimination of terrorism.
He said that Danish Schools project has also been started for the poorest of the poor students in the province and three schools will be inaugurated next month.
He said, he firmly believes that the goal of progress and prosperity cannot be achieved through only foreign assistance and in addition to the cooperation of friendly countries, the development of local resources is also essential.
He said that Punjab government is implementing a comprehensive policy for the development of natural resources and solid measures are being taken for the uplift of agriculture, livestock and dairy development sectors.
He said that Pakistan is facing challenge of terrorism, however, the nation is united to wipe out this scourge.
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