EU grants 22 Million Euro to support local development initiatives in FATA and another 49 Million Euro for Vocational Training in Pakistan
The Government of Pakistan has signed a Financing Agreement with the European Union for the implementation of a 22 Million EUR project titled “Aid to Uprooted People in Pakistan.
The overall objective of the project is to facilitate the reintegration of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) IDPs by creating a favourable environment for their return, improve the service delivery of the FATA Administration and assist the reform process in FATA.
The European Union funded the project will also support and sustain community-driven local development initiatives to create a favourable socio-economic environment for returning Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). More than 300,000 families will benefit from the project interventions. Project activities will be started in Khyber, Orakzai, North Waziristan and South Waziristan and later on extended to other agencies.
The Government of Pakistan also signed another Financing Agreement today with the European Union for the implementation of a 49 Million EUR project titled “Support to the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Sector in Pakistan (TVET III)”. The action aims to support the Government of Pakistan in the implementation of its newly devised TVET Policy. It also aims to provide quality TVET services to support inclusive economic growth. The project is expected to improve governance and private sector participation in the TVET sector and to enhance access to quality skills development that meets the demands of the labour market.
Meanwhile, yesterday the European Union and ILO signed on a 6-year project “International Labour and Environment Standards (ILES) in Pakistan” implementation agreement. This €11.6 million project is expected to be implemented by ILO and WWF to promote the enforcement, implementation and compliance with Labour & Environmental Standards by public and private sector institutions and organisations in Pakistan.