First meeting of Steering Committee for Coordination Regarding International Assistance for Flood Relief Activities.

Islamabad: 21st September, 2022

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq chaired the first meeting of Steering Committee for Coordination Regarding International Assistance for Flood Relief Activities. The agenda of the meeting was “Mapping of Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Efforts.”

The meeting was attended by the representatives from United Nations, Asian Development Bank, European Union, World Bank, USAID, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, BISP, Ministry of Finance, NDMA and OCHA as well as senior officers of EAD.

The Minister for Economic Affairs warmly welcomed the International Development Partners and government representatives to the meeting and highlighted the agenda of the meeting. He stated that the Steering Committee was formed on the directions of the Prime Minister of Pakistan with the purpose to encourage better coordination between Government of Pakistan and International Development Partners for the effective and efficient provision of International Assistance to the flood affected areas. 

The Minister stated that the Government of Pakistan is thankful to the International Community for providing relief assistance for the catastrophe faced by the country due to unprecedented rains and flashfloods. The minister encouraged assistance for climate resilient infrastructure for long-term benefit to the country.  

He further highlighted that currently Pakistan is in first phase of providing immediate relief to the flood affectees with the provision of food, shelter, medical facility, mosquito nets etc. “We still need more assistance for the 2nd and 3rd phase of rehabilitation and reconstruction as the devastation is immeasurable.” stated Minister for Economic Affairs.

During the meeting, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) presented a brief overview of the floods situation in the country and highlighted the relief efforts and recent initiatives taken by the Government of Pakistan of providing cash assistance to each household through Benazir income Support Programme (BISP). The International Development Partners appreciated the efforts and acknowledged the importance of the platform of the Joint Steering Committee that would help them coordinate with the government in more effective manner. 

The Minister EAD apprised the participants that by 15th of October, the Damage Assistance Report would be ready which will provide complete picture of the overall damage done to the country. 

The meeting decided to hold a follow-up meeting in upcoming week to maintain efficient coordination. The meeting ended with the vote of thanks.