Secretary P&D Board Meets World Bank’s Delegation

Secretary Planning & Development Board Mr. Sohail Anwar met World Bank’s delegation led by John Roome, Regional Director, Sustainable Development, South Asia Complex, Lahore. The agenda of the meeting included floods response including damages and restructuring of Punjab portfolio in response to the floods.  

The Chair also reviewed the ongoing and pipeline World Bank funded projects. The Project Directors briefed the Chair about the updated progress of different World Bank’s funded projects across Punjab. 

During the meeting, the Chair and delegates were also briefed about the assessment about post-disaster after experiencing massive floods this monsoon season in collaboration with development partners conducted by Government of the Punjab.

The assessment consisted of quantification and validation of 17 sectors includes agriculture & livestock, roads & Infrastructure development, health and education that have been massively effected. 

The government of Punjab is currently working on guiding principles and policies for instant relief, rehabilitation and economic recovery. 

World Bank’s Regional Director, Sustainable Mr  John Roome expressed his concern about the current monsoon flood that has caused widespread countrywide destruction including in Punjab.

He further stated that World Bank is currently taking stock of the situation and collecting information to assist Government of Pakistan in immediate relief and post-disaster reconstruction efforts.  The meeting was also attended by Additional Secretary P&D Board, Project Directors and senior officials.

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