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Pakistan commends global support at fourth IPSG meeting post-2022 floods

Pakistan commends global support at fourth IPSG meeting post-2022 floods
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June 05, 2024 (MLN): To review the progress of flood recovery and realign efforts for a resilient Pakistan, the fourth meeting of the International Partners Support Group (IPSG) was held at the Prime Minister’s Office in Islamabad on Tuesday.

This meeting — chaired by Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Ahad Khan Cheema chaired — marked almost two years since the devastating floods of 2022.

Representatives from bilateral and multilateral development partners, including ambassadors from Azerbaijan, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Norway, Australia, and diplomats from Germany, China, UAE, South Korea, USA, Qatar, Turkey, Netherlands, Russia, Japan, France, Switzerland, as well as officials from the Canadian and British High Commissions, participated in the event.

Representatives from various international organizations such as UNDP, World Bank, ADB, IMF, AIIB, UNRC, EU, KfW, UNICEF, IsDB, WFP, AICS, and USAID were also present.

In his inaugural remarks, Ahad Khan Cheema warmly welcomed IPSG members, acknowledging the collaborative efforts of the international community and Pakistan in post-flood recovery.

He expressed profound gratitude for the commitments of International Development Partners towards building a climate-resilient Pakistan.

The Minister highlighted the importance of energy and infrastructure as essential prerequisites for all development and reconstruction efforts, with hopes for continued focus from international development partners in these critical areas.

Highlighting IPSG’s pivotal role in coordinating the Resilient Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction Framework (4RF), he outlined its objectives: assisting in plan development, securing financial commitments, providing guidance, and addressing funding gaps.

Cheema emphasized provincial cooperation and reiterated the commitment to transparency in implementing 4RF projects, as pledged by the Prime Minister in the previous IPSG meeting.

During the meeting, the development partners expressed their appreciation for the convening of the fourth meeting of the IPSG and lauded the sustained attention given to post-flood reconstruction and rehabilitation endeavors.

Deliberations underscored the significance of fiscal stability, economic growth, and the nurturing of human capital.

Additionally, the World Bank and UNDP presented updates on post-flood activities.

In his concluding remarks, the Minister recalled the pledges made at the “International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan” held in Geneva, with an amount of $10.99 billion pledged by the international community of which $2.8bn, up to April 2024, has been disbursed.

While acknowledging the support provided by the UNDP, Cheema thanked Samuel Rizk, the Resident Representative, for offering secretariat services to the IPSG.

The meeting was concluded with a renewed commitment to collaboration and transparency in achieving the goals of the Resilient Recovery, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction Framework.

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Posted on: 2024-06-05T10:01:53+05:00