WB agrees to launch $145m COVID Response, locust control projects in Sindh

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By Malik Najmussaqib

KARACHI: The World Bank and Sindh government have agreed to launch $145 million Sindh Covid-19 Response programme and locust control project in the province. This decision was taken in a meeting between Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and World Bank Country Director Patchamuthu Illangovan through a video link. The former participated from CM House Karachi while the latter along with his team from his Islamabad office. The chief minister was assisted by Minister Energy Imtiaz Shaikh, CM Coordinator Haris Gazdar, Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretary Energy Musadiq Khan, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi and Secretary Investment Najam Shah. At the outset of the meeting, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said that his government with technical and financial support of the World Bank wanted to launch the COVID-19 Impact Programme. He added that for the purpose resource mobilization through diversion of funds/restructuring, repurposing and realigning World Bank portfolio would be required.

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