World Bank’s support instrumental for human capital development: Shazia Marri

Ms. Shazia Marri welcomed the WB’s mission. She appreciated the role of World Bank, as a major development partner, in providing continuous and valuable support to BISP.

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Islamabad (VOM) : World Bank’s Implementation Support Mission for Crisis-Resilient Social Protection Program (CRISP) and National Social Protection Program (NSSP), led by Mr. Amjad Zafar Khan, Senior Social Protection Specialist/Task Team Leader, visited BISP HQs and held meeting with Federal Minster for Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety, Ms. Shazia Marri.

During the inaugural session, the mission leader Mr. Amjad Zafar Khan apprised Federal Minister about the main objectives of the Mission. He said that the main purpose of their visit was to review status of progress during the last joint implementation support mission for CRISP and NSPP, identify new challenges, review plans for implementation during next six months and to initiate the process for holding preliminary discussions related to preparation of report for NSPP.

Ms. Shazia Marri welcomed the WB’s mission. She appreciated the role of World Bank, as a major development partner, in providing continuous and valuable support to BISP. She acknowledged that the WB’s support has been instrumental and helped in human capital development through its health and education related cash transfer programs.

Ms. Shazia Marri termed BISP as a role model for many countries. She said the ultimate goal of the present government is to support the poor and the vulnerable especially in the current economic situation. Federal Minister also expressed her desire to share the knowledge with the countries who want to initiate such Social Protection programs. Pakistan is also keen to learn from international best practices to provide social protection to vulnerable communities and help them to graduate out of poverty, she said.

From WB’s side Mr. Amjad Zafar Khan alongwith Melis U. Guven, Senior Social Protection Economist, Randa G. El-Rashidi, Social Protection Specialist and Gul Najam Jamy attended the meeting. Dr. Ismat Tahira, Secretary BISP besides other officers of BISP were also present on the occasion.

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