KP govt geared up to support social protection in province

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Islamabad—Secretary P&DD KP, Syed Zafar Ali Shah said that the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will extend its full support and cooperation to all donor agencies, development partners, international technical cooperation and implementing agencies in realizing the goal of social protection, economic empower-ment and social justice in the province.
Addressing at a seminar on “Coordinated Social Protection Experience Sharing & the Way Forward”; which was jointly organized by Government of Pakistan (GOP) and ILO here on Monday, said a press release. Secretary Benazir Income Support Program Salim Ahmad Ranjah and UN Resident Coordinator Pakistan Neil Buhne were attended the seminar.
Secretary P&DD KP shared that the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is no exception with regard to the is-sues being faced by the safety net programmes throughout the country. He said, KP is amongst the poorest provinces with poverty incidence ratio of 41.3% against 26% at the na-tional level.
However, the KP Government is cognizant of its responsibility, and is fully committed to assist the poorest of the poor. The Secretary P&DD KP informed the participants that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has made great strides towards a coordinated social service delivery system by adopting an updated and comprehensive planning document of the province i.e. the Integrated Development Strategy (2014-2018) with the objective to deliver the fundamental rights and privileges to its citizens; constituting priority areas of social services, education, health, livelihood, safe drinking water & sanitation, good governance, poverty reduction, employment, and skilled work force.
He appreciated joint efforts of ILO and KP Government in devising the draft “Social Protection Policy” and welcomed partners to any development investment, particularly, in the prioritized sector of social protection. On the occasion, UN Resident Coordinator Pakistan Neil Buhne said that Pakistan is a One UN country and improving social protection is a priority area of the One UN Programme II (2013-17).
He said Pakistan Vision 2025 is also very much in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; that highlights need for social protection in Goal 1 and particularly in Target 1.3. He emphasized the need for efforts to “leave no one behind” to ensure that social protection schemes are available and accessible to all people in the country and underlined the importance of continuous improvement of the existing social protection system.
The Country Director ILO Pakistan Ingrid Christensen, during hes speech, informed the participants that the existing donor funded ‘Social Protection Floor Initiative-KP (SPFI-KP) project’ is coming to an end on June 30th, 2016. She however assured the Government of KP of the ILO’s continued support to implement Coordinated Social Protection System in the Province.—APP

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