UNCHR delegates meets Finance Minister, discuss RAHA matters

PESHAWAR, Apr 26 (APP):A delegation of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) led by its Asia Pacific Bureau Director Indrika Ratwatte and Country Representative, Ruvendrini Menikdiwela met Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra here Friday.

The delegation discussed matters pertaining to Refugees Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) programs for benefit of both Afghan refugees and local host communities in health, education and livelihoods sectors.

Bureau Director UNHCR thanked Finance Minister for government’s generosity in hosting and supporting Afghan refugees.

The Finance Minister expressed his support for the World Bank for funding of 300 million dollars that was in the offing for the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

He recommended allocating funds to targeted interventions and specific geographic locations for achieving maximum impact and real delivery of services.

Jhagra informed delegation to formally communicate with his office, so he may further pursue the (World Bank) funding matter with the federal government accordingly.
If possible, the Finance Minister would prefer to include this funding within the annual budget plan for the fiscal year.