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CM Sindh reviews arrangements of int’l Naval Exercise AMAN-2019

By Shakil Paracha

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah along with his team held a meeting with a World Bank delegation led by its Country Chief Patchamuthu Illangovan and discussed the matters pertaining to human capital, public and private investment, structural transformation, trade and sustainability.

The World Bank delegates include Ms Melinda Good, Mr Lixin Gu, Mohammad Waheed, Amjad bashir and Rahat Ali.

The meeting discussed lowering fertility to improve development outcomes. It was agreed that the coverage of contraceptive services would be improved. A target was set to utilize the national poverty database for better targets programmes and increase coverage amongst poorest household of the province.

The chief minister directed chief secretary to improve coordination between different programmes related to family planning, integrate family planning services with broader Mother Neonatal Child Health (MNCH) services.

The meeting also discussed and agreed to further investment in people to support growth and development.

The world Bank Country chief said that health outcomes relating to nutrition, infant and maternal mortality for Sindh have seen considerable progress over the past few years.

Decisions were taken to give leverage to private sector in service delivery; regulatory framework for private providers would be strengthened and quality control standards would be implemented in true letter and spirit.

Meanwhile, Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah preside over a meeting to review over all arrangements of AMAN-19 Naval Exercises, to be held from February 8 to 12. The CM Sindh has directed divisional administration and police to take necessary measures for beautification of the city and proper security arrangements, said yesterday.

The meeting was attended by Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar, Vice Admiral Asif Khaliq, Principal Secretary to CM Sajid Jamal Abro, Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shahlwani, Adl IG Karachi Dr Ameer Shaikh, provincial secretary, representatives of Corps Headquarter, Pakistan Navy, and representative of DG Rangers and other concerned officers.

Vice Admiral Asif Khaliq told the chief minister that Pakistan Navy has been holding multinational Maritime Exercise AMAN biennially since 2007.

It is the 6th Exercise of AMAN series which is scheduled to be held at Karachi from February 8 to 12.

The chief minister was informed that the aim of the exercise was to bring the Navies of the world together and enhance interoperability with regional and extra regional navies.

The chief minister said the exercise would project Pakistan’s image as a country contributing towards regional peace and stability. It may be noted that the Exercise AMAN-19 will be a huge event in which 40 countries are going to participate with ships, aircraft, special operation forces and observers.

The meeting was apprised that during the exercise various cultural events, sightseeing tours, international band display and sports competitions would also be held. Concurrently, international Maritime Conference will also be held in a local hotel.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah directed Mayor Karachi to make the city beautiful and also start lifting the debris piled up due to removal of the encroachment. He also directed the Additional IG Karachi to make necessary security arrangements in consultation with Pakistan Navy. A similar instructions were issued to Pakistan Rangers.

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