EA minister Bukhtiar appreciates DFID-WHO’s £2.6m

By Staff Reporter
Friday – May 8, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The British high commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner, called on economic affairs (EA) minister Khusro Bukhtiar, Thursday, EA minister Bukhtiar acknowledged the role of United Kingdom (UK) as one of the largest development partners of Pakistan.

According to an official statement, the minister also appreciated department for international development’s (DFID) assistance of £2.6 million to Pakistan for COVID-19 (coronavirus) response through the world health organisation (WHO) to diagnose and treat cases, provide logistical support, and help communities understanding them how to protect themselves better; alongside grant assistance for the education sector programs of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Punjab, poverty alleviation through Pakistan national cash transfer programme-Benazir income support programme (BISP) and skill development programmes in various parts of the country.

During the meeting, EA minister Bukhtiar also discussed the possibility of scaling up the development assistance through DFID by aligning its financial and technical cooperation in ehsaas programme (EP) to reduce inequality, invest in people and lift lagging districts, low cost housing and strengthening small and medium enterprises (SMEs) amid the pandemic.

The British high commissioner lauded the efforts of the government of Pakistan (GoP) to combat the pandemic and steering the economy to support the financially vulnerable segment of the country in wake of COVID-19.

He said that Pakistan and the United Kingdom (UK) enjoyed historic and deeply rooted bond which will be enhanced through socioeconomic cooperation in future.

In conclusion, EA minister Bukhtiar and British high commissioner Turner expressed their strong commitment to further the cooperation for COVID-19 related emergency activities.