Chairman Planning & Development Board Mr. Abdullah Khan Sumbal met the World Bank’s delegation led by Gailius Draugelis, Operation Manager for Pakistan World Bank at P&D Complex, Lahore. During the meeting, the Chair reviewed in detail about the World Bank Funded projects in Punjab. The Chair also discussed the role of the Punjab Government in completing the projects in timeline. The Project Directors briefed the Chair about the progress of different World Bank’s funded projects across Punjab.

During the meeting, the Chair and delegates were also briefed about quantification and validation of physical damages and indirect losses after floods across Punjab. 17 sectors which include agriculture & livestock, roads & Infrastructure development, health and education have been massively affected. The government of Punjab is currently working on guiding principles and policies for instant relief, rehabilitation and economic recovery.

World Bank’s Operation Manager Pakistan Mr  Gailius Draugelis expressed his concern about the current monsoon flood that has caused widespread countrywide destruction including Punjab. He further stated that the World Bank is currently taking stock of the situation and collecting information to assist the Government of Punjab in immediate relief and post-disaster reconstruction efforts.  The meeting was also attended by the Secretary P&D Board, Project Directors and senior officials.