LAHORE, Sep 21 (APP): Punjab Planning & Development Board Secretary Sohail Anwar here on Wednesday met with World Bank’s delegation led by John Roome, Regional Director Sustainable Development.
The agenda of the meeting was response to floods including damages and restructuring of Punjab portfolio. The meeting also reviewed the ongoing and upcoming World Bank funded projects. The respective 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 of 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 including agriculture and livestock, roads and infrastructure development, health and education which had been massively affected.
The Secretary apprised the WB delegation that Government of Punjab was working on guiding principles and policies for instant relief, rehabilitation and economic recovery.
World Bank’s Regional Director, Mr. John Roome expressed his concern about the current monsoon floods which had caused widespread countrywide destruction including in Punjab. He stated that World Bank was 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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