UAE announces $100 mn development plan for Pakistan
The development plan will focus on areas especially roads and bridges in Pak.
Dubai: The United Arab Emirates government has announced USD 100 million development plan to create job opportunities in the flood-hit areas of Pakistan.
The project, with an estimated amount of 367 million dirhams, will be launched in Islamabad on Wednesday.
It is being undertaken on the directives of the UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and would be launched in the presence of Pakistani ministers and military officials, the UAE`s official news agency Wam said.
The development plan will focus on areas especially education, public health, roads and bridges in Pakistan.
The UAE is a major donor in the development of Pakistan and is playing an active part in international meetings aimed at mobilising assistance to Pakistan.
This is in line with a recently signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two countries.
The Arab country has not only provided support to Pakistan in times of natural calamities but has also worked towards achieving Pakistan`s comprehensive security, stability and economic progress.
In May last year, UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, visited Islamabad to sign an agreement for the construction of `Shaikh Khalifa City, Balakot` in the Mansehra district for the population displaced by the 2005 deadly earthquake.
The UAE has committed 12 million dirhams funds for rescuing people.
The UAE became one of the founding members of the Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FoDP), which was launched on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in September 2008 in New York.
FoDP is aimed at extending support to the democratic government of Pakistan in its efforts to consolidate democracy, social uplift and economic development in the country.
The initial meeting was co-chaired by US, UK, UAE and Pakistan and the other founding member states were France, Germany, China, Canada, Turkey, Australia and Italy.
The UAE-funded Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hospital in Muzaffarabad is built to improve the quality of life of the local community and has been handed over to Pakistanis in June 2010.