Staff ReporterWednesday, July 09, 2014 - Karachi—Sindh Chief Minister Sindh (CM) Syed Qaim Ali Shah had welcomed and appreciated the European Union (EU) for supporting Sindh government in implementation on its 5-year poverty reduction Program “Sindh Union Council and Community Economic Strengthening Support (SUCESS) and offering to contribute one third of the total cost of the Program Rs 8 billion as grant, out of Rs 24 billion of the total estimated cost of the Program. This gesture would further close the bilateral relations and pave the way for new avenues of other opportunities of trade and business to both sides.
This he observed while holding meeting with the Ambassador European Union Lars-Gunnar WIGEMARK and his delegation who called on him at CM House Karachi Tuesday.
The CM also invited the EU to avail the opportunities of investment in other sectors including energy and agriculture.
The CM said that during the undemocratic period and era of dictatorship, the people of Sindh had been ignored, thus resulted in increase in poverty, unemployment, and deprivation from their basic amenities.
The CM also invited the EU for making their investment in the other sectors of developments such as energy, agriculture and water sector.
“We are facing shortage of energy and water sources and we need technological support to fulfill the requirements”, said the CM
The meeting further revealed that EU would take up seven districts of Sindh including Sujawal, Tando Muhammad Khan, Mitiari, Tando Allayar, Dadu, Larkano, and Qambar Shahdadkot comprising on 194 union councils with collaboration of local NGOs, Sindh Rural Support Program (SRSP) whereas the Sindh Government will take up 13 district including Badin, Mirpurkhas, Tharparkar, Thatta, Khairpur Mirs, Umerkot, Sanghar, Naushero-Feroz, Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Shaheed Benazirabad, Sukkur, Ghotki and Karachi comprising 414 union council including 10 rural union of Karachi.
He recommended for including Tharparkar and Khairpur in the list of EU.
The meeting was informed that this Program to help average population for increasing their income, develop frame work for community institution that are capable of building the capacity of the poor and enabling them to come out of the vicious circle of poverty.