The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Pakistan and Japan on Wednesday signed an agreement to launch a joint development plan for the welfare of the people of Kurram and Orakzai districts, TV channel 24NewsHD reported.
In this regard, a ceremony was held in Islamabad in which Mitsuhiro Wada, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, and Knut Ostby, Permanent Representative of UNDP Pakistan, signed an agreement to launch a $3.9 million project “for stabilization and economic recovery through social cohesion” “.
The ceremony was attended by senior officials from the Embassy of Japan in Islamabad, Department of Economic Affairs, Department of Planning and Development of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The two-year project will help more than 200,000 individuals, with a special focus on youth and women. The project will use innovative approaches to engage young people in political dialogues and sports/cultural events for social cohesion and confidence building.
Employment opportunities will be provided to 1,300 youth through digital skills, incubation and skills training. Community organizations will be involved in the planning process and will rehabilitate 50 schemes for community physical infrastructure. Thirty-five offices will be built for village councils to strengthen local government. Two joint capacity centers for women entrepreneurs will be operationalized.
Speaking on the occasion, Mitsuhiro Wada said the project will not only support recovery and income generation, but also improve social cohesion and local governance to ensure sustainability of results.
Knut Ostby said UNDP Pakistan said they are grateful to the government of Japan for its longstanding partnership with UNDP. With their generous support, we have been able to expand and strengthen the Government of Pakistan’s efforts, which are critical to achieving stability and sustainable development in the merged areas and bringing them on par with the rest of the country.”
Muhammad Qaisar Khan, Additional Secretary, Planning and Development Department KP said the provincial government is strongly committed to the sustainable development of the amalgamated areas. “We appreciate the continued support given by the government of Japan to improve conditions for the people of the merged areas,” he added.