USAID plays im­por­tant role in devel­op­ment: Shabaz

The Pak Banker - - 2national - Staff Re­porter

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.

KARACHI: Ad­vi­sor to Chief Min­is­ter Sindh on In­for­ma­tion & Archives Depart­ment Sharmila Faruqui at­tend­ing Nurs­ing Christ­mas Din­ner 2010 at Christ the King Sem­i­nary Last Night at Christ the king Church in Gul­shan-e-Iqbal. -On­line

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