Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would be given $200 million next year for eradicating poverty in Pakistan, as per the reports of local media on Thursday.
According to the details, a MoU was signed by both the parties in a meeting held in New York.
The meeting was attended by PM Imran Khan, Bill Gates and the chairperson of “Ehsas Program”—Dr Sania Nishtar. As per the agreement, the amount would be spent on 134 poverty alleviation projects.
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While speaking on the occasion, the PM thanked Bill Gates for his help and said that the “Ehsas Program” is a big project in Pakistan’s history which would turn the nation into a welfare state. He also said that the poverty alleviation is on the top preference of his government from day one.
He added that this program would help in acquiring the sustainable development goals defined under the United Nations. He also expressed his willingness and commitment for the complete eradication of polio from the country.
Previously, in a policy statement on “Ehsas Programme”, PM Khan on 8th April said that the program’s poverty reduction strategy was formulated in 4 pillars and it presently encompassed the 115 policy actions, which might be expanded as the process of consultations on the program are further expanded.