Third bi-annual meeting of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan Multi Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) Steering Committee
The third bi-annual meeting of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan Multi Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) Steering Committee took place on October 31, 2011.
The meeting was co-chaired by the Secretary EAD Abdul Wajid Rana and Country Director for Pakistan Rachid Benmessaoud and attended by the ten donors , federal and provincial Government representatives and the MDTF Secretariat staff.
The MDTF Steering Committee was briefed about the progress made on the portfolio being financed through the MDTF, and the revised financing strategy and the 5 year engagement strategy was presented. They were also informed that three projects had already been signed, two negotiated and four were in an advanced stage of preparation. MDTF has reached the implementation stage and is moving forward towards generating results that feed into the PCNA. At the meeting, representatives from KP and FATA made presentations on the progress made to date on PCNA implementation, while those from Balochistan highlighted the sources of economic growth and development that need to be supported to ensure economic revitalization of the province and increased job creation.
The Committee endorsed the MDTF engagement strategy for the next five years and discussed donor coordination and the need to develop a holistic approach and streamline PCNA operations. They requested for the implementation plan of the 5 year strategy to be prepared and the need for rapid needs assessment for Balochistan was discussed and recommended.
During his closing remarks, the Secretary EAD mentioned that internal discussions were underway and soon the approval process of the projects will be simplified to ensure a timely decision making and quick implementation. The need to focus more on results was also highlighted. The government pointed out the need to build the capacity of government divisions to ensure they are able to implement the PCNA recommendations in an effective manner.