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Pakistan and Denmark sign 50m Dollars programme

Pakistan and Denmark sign 50m Dollars programmeDenmark and Pakistan signed a three-year framework programme cycle on Monday encompassing 50 million Dollar in development assistance in various sectors.

Danish Ambassador to Pakistan, H.E. Jesper M. Sorensen, and Secretary Economic Affairs Division, Nargis Sethi, signed the framework on behalf of their respective governments.

The programme is an integral part of Denmark’s engagement in Pakistan underpinning political dialogue and strengthening bilateral ties. The programme comprises two main components: support to peace building, livelihood and education efforts in Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan and enhance democratisation, human rights and gender equality channeled through statutory bodies and civil society organizations.

“Denmark is one of only five countries in the world that lives up to the UN target of granting 0.7 per cent of gross national income (GNI) in development assistance,” said Ambassador Sorensen.

He went on to add that the country has almost doubled our yearly commitment from around $8 million to $14 million in this respect. “We will continue to have a major focus on education, with a special emphasis on girls’ education. We are looking forward to continue our cooperation in close coordination with the international and national partners,” said Ambassador Sorensen.

The Government of Denmark launched its first phase of development cooperation with Pakistan in 2010 through its official development Agency, the Danish International Development Agency (Danida)