Work On the Third Phase of UAE PAP Projects Kicks Off
For the third phase of the UAE-Pakistan Assistance Programme (UAE-PAP), work has finally commenced. Around 40 projects that is going to be carried out would be costing around Dhs736 million ($200 million). It is going to be financed by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). The program is being enforced in line with the decree of the UAE leaders.
President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, with His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s support, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, ordered to offer humanitarian aid to Pakistan.
The UAE-PAP declared that the projects would be covering five main development areas which would consist of health care, agriculture, education, water, and roads. Additionally, it would include food aid to poor families as well as dislodged people. Also, it would include anti-polio vaccination campaign.
The projects to be carried out includes a 42-kilometre Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa highway, a 65-kilometre highway in Baluchistan province, development of one college and two schools for 1,500 students in Baluchistan, and building of a heart hospital in Quetta.
Around 29 projects will be devoted to supply of water to villages and cities having little access to clean drinking water. It also includes construction of the first date factory in Pakistan to aid farmers in developing and marketing the products.
The aim of UAE-PAP is to implement development aid projects that provide sustainability and continued welfare to beneficiaries in the long run.
For the first and second phase of the programme, a total of 165 projects being enforced between 2011 and 2017, at a total expense of Dhs1.5 billion ($420 million) could be seen. As per the order of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa, UAE PAP developed four road and bridge projects worth $121 million. These projects were the most crucial ones in regard to the infrastructure development in remote areas in Pakistan. In education, UAE PAP took the effort to aid Pakistan by building and equipping 60 educational projects, costing Dhs152.7 million ($41.5 million) based on international standards and construction of proper facilities for students to study in a good environment.