Sindh govt, JICA to launch two projects worth Rs4.16b for well-being of women
KARACHI: The Sindh government and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have agreed to launch two different projects for improvement of livelihood and well-being of female home-based workers and establishment of Maternal and Child health Center at Liaquat University Hospital, Jamshoro worth Rs 4.16 billion.
The JICA would also provide technical and engineering solution of traffic congestion in Karachi, said a press release.
The decision was taken in a meeting between Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka accompanied by Consul General of Japan Toshikazu Isomura and others.
The Chief Minister was assisted by Chairman P&D Mohammad Waseem, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretary Finance Hassan Naqvi, Secretary health Zahid Abbasi, Secretary School Education Khalid Hyder Shah, Secretary Livestock and others.
The chief minister said that his government has submitted a concept paper of the project, Improvement of livelihood and well-being of female home-based workers. The concept paper was approved in the larger interest of female workers. Therefore, he wanted the project may be approved so that it could be started in 2020.
The JICA president approved the project to be started in 2020 and its completion would be in 2023. The total cost of the project has been estimated at Rs 541.086 million of which JICA’s share would be Rs 435.729 million. The remaining amount would be utilized by Sindh government.
The project is about improving the livelihood skills and managerial abilities of female home-abased workers and mainstreaming them in formal labour market.
Another project which came under discussion during the meeting was the establishment of maternal and Child Health Center at Liaquat University Jamshoro. The cost of this project would be Rs 3623.040 million of which JICA would share Rs 181.152 million while rest of the major amount would be provided by the provincial government.
The project was approved in the meeting and would be started in 2020 and to be completed within two years. – APP