EU offers €150m worth of aid against COVID-19

By Staff Reporter
Friday – May 15, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The interior minister brigadier (R) Ijaz Ahmad Shah met with European union (EU) ambassador Androulla Kaminara along with Netherlands ambassador Wouter Plomp and Czech Republic ambassador Tomas Smentanka, Thursday, matters of mutual interest were brought under discussion, on exchanging views about the pandemic, the EU ambassador offered aid of worth €150 million to assist Pakistan in combating the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

According to an official statement, “We would like to provide relief to the ones who are suffering in this hard time,” EU ambassador Kaminara said.

The interior minister Shah welcomed the offer and said it will be of great significance for masses who are unable to sustain living during this crisis situation.

In response to the point raised about expediting the process, interior minister Shah responded that the government has already issued instructions to facilitate the execution of relief projects.

The interior ministry had issued orders earlier saying that the requirement of no objection certificate (NOC) was not mandatory and organisations can work in direct assistance with national disaster management authority (NDMA) and provincial disaster management authority (PDMA) countrywide.

The ambassador welcomed the systematic way of providing relief to the public.

We would like to facilitate and support on local levels and this system can help us reach the deserving, she added.

While discussing other matters, interior minister Shah said that the government is trying its best to achieve a balance between health and economic needs of people.

Our departments have been trying to perform to best of their abilities, the minister said.

Our overall performance has been quite satisfactory in majority of the areas, however, there is always room for improvement and we keep striving for the best.

Interior minister Shah said. “We want best for our people and we will keep working for it.”

The meeting concluded with the ambassador thanking for cooperation over previous projects, with the interior ministry that were successfully completed bearing fruitful results, and with a hope that relief projects can soon be executed.