ISLAMABAD (Adnan Hameed): A two-member delegation led by Jo Moir, Director Development at British High Commission Islamabad called on Caretaker Minister for Planning Development & Special Initiatives, Muhammad Sami Saeed.

During the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on the existing portfolio for Pakistan and expressed their resolve to further enhance it. The Planning Minister appreciated the support of BHC for its decades-long assistance, which has played a vital role in the socio-economic uplift of Pakistan. He also appreciated their continued support and commitment to ongoing development projects, particularly in the climate sector.

During the meeting, the Planning Ministry highlighted a National Climate Finance Strategy (NCFS) prepared to identify sectoral priorities and scale climate finance. Similarly, he also highlighted the newly–established Sustainable Finance Bureau (SFB) to revolutionize climate finance.

Pakistan is among the countries in the world that are most affected by weather/climate-related hazards such as floods, landslides, droughts, heat waves, extreme colds, cyclones, etc. Pakistan has already geared up the efforts to cope with such a huge challenge as the Planning Ministry has taken the lead in establishing an NCFS and Climate Responsive Public Investment Framework.

Ms Moir appreciated the steps taken by the Planning Ministry and assured full support in the future. She reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to supporting Pakistan in its journey toward climate resilience and sustainable development. The UK has been actively involved in addressing the climate challenges which Pakistan is facing.

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