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WB assures KP support in integrating ease of doing business platforms

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PESHAWAR: The World Bank (WB) Country Director Najy Benhassine has shown great interest in providing technical assistance and support to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in establishing projects such as citizen facilitation centres, integrating ease of doing business platforms and improving fibre connectivity in the whole province.
He said this on Tuesday during a meeting with KP Minister for Science and Information Technology and Food Atif Khan, said a statement. The country director agreed to take practical steps for executing the aforementioned projects.
The meeting discussed investment opportunities for international donors in various projects approved in the annual development programme of this year in the IT sector of STIT department.
On this occasion, Atif Khan said that the KP government has approved various projects of digitisation in the science and information technology department to ensure transparency in administrative matters, provide basic services to the citizens, generate employment opportunities and increase provincial exports.
“The KP government is active to expand the umbrella of digitisation to the whole province and enrich digital connectivity between government and citizens in respect of provision of basic services”, said Atif. The minister said that the provincial government has allocated about Rs1,400 billion in the financial budget 2021-22 to materialise the projects.
Atif Khan said that the KP government would provide required regulation and legislation to the World Bank regarding their technical support for the projects.
Managing Director Information Technology Board Ali Mahmud and other concerned officials were among the participants.
A day earlier, the World Bank had approved $442 million to help improve access to water and sanitation services for the most vulnerable rural communities in Punjab.
The ‘Punjab Rural Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation Project’ will help upgrade water supply and sanitation infrastructure and services that ensure equitable and sustainable access to drinking water and safe wastewater management. The project prioritises rural settlements where water contamination and poor sanitation practices are more prevalent, causing high levels of illness and child stunting, the World Bank said in a statement.
The project will cover 16 districts, with 50 percent of districts drawn from south Punjab, and 25 percent each from central and north Punjab, benefiting 2,000 villages and more than six million people in rural areas. It will also provide training of village councils and community caretakers, which will have complementary responsibilities for operations and maintenance, monitoring and evaluation and customer service. – TLTP