EU to provide Balochistan govt €58 million funds

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ISLAMABAD: The European Union on Friday announced providing 58 million euros to support the government of Balochistan in its efforts to address issues of water scarcity and improve access and quality of primary and middle-level education across the province.

Following the announcement, Ministry of Economic Affairs Division Secretary Noor Ahmed and Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan Androulla Kaminara signed two financing agreements.

Kaminara reiterated commitment of European Union to broaden and deepen the development and cooperation with Pakistan and launch next Multi-annual Indicative Programme 2021-27 focusing on priorities of the government of Pakistan.

The EU ambassador said the European Union was renewing its commitment in the education sector to help children, especially the most vulnerable, in receiving education and follow their dreams, contributing to a better future for Pakistan.

Kaminara disclosed that the five-year 40 Million euros programme on water governance — to be implemented from 2021 — will contribute to the transition in the arid regions of Balochistan towards sustainable, low water intensive agricultural and livestock farming systems.

The support of the programme would include incentives for farmers to use water more efficiently and unleash the potential of livestock by supporting sustainable range lands management with a special focus on the most vulnerable groups, she added.

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