Quetta: Government of Balochistan (GoB) and senior management of Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) met to further consolidate and operationalize the time-bound action plan to sign an integrated MOU between PPAF and Planning & Development (P&D) Balochistan.
PPAF integrated team under the leadership of Chairperson Ms Rohsan Khursheed along with PPAF Group Head – Institutions, Integration, Innovations (III), Mr Irshad Khan Abbasi, and Group Head – Infrastructure development, Mr Shams Badruddin met with officials of Government of Balochistan (GoB), including Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) – P&D, Additional Secretary – PHE, Executive Officer – Culture and Tourism department Government of Balochistan (GoB). During the meeting PPAF presented suggestions for further collaboration and strengthening partnership in multiple sectors for the development of Balochistan and expanding the existing MOU, supervised by a steering committee under ACS, between both parties.
PPAF representatives put forward the notion to upscale existing joint development projects and initiate new innovative pilot projects. GoB representatives agreed to support PPAF to hold a Water Strategy Workshop for the region in July where a draft will be shared with multi-stakeholders. Furthermore, an understanding was reached to allocate an operational fund by Balochistan Education Foundation (BEF) for 100 Community based schools of PPAF in the region. Further, GoB team also expressed interest to fund planning and implementing of innovative projects with PPAF, especially to foster the eco-tourism industry and improving digital literacy in the province.
PPAF team members briefed the representatives from GoB about its multilateral and bilateral partnerships for uplifting communities out of poverty across 144 districts of Pakistan. ACS instructed his team, to work on development opportunities with PPAF, keeping the Balochistan Development Strategy 2021 – 2025 in view, and sign an integrated MoU between PPAF and P&D Balochistan.
At the end of the meeting PPAF representatives invited ACS Balochistan and his team to visit PPAF development projects, funded by its partners and own resources, across Pakistan. ACS Balochistan affirmed that such visits are bound to happen as the partnership between both parties evolves.