Farzana Raja Sings MoU for Provision of Scholarship Worth $ 100,000 for Benazir Income Support Programme Beneficiary Families

Islamabad: Pakistan and China here Wednesday signed a cooperative Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance the friendship and exchanges between the people of two countries. The MoU was signed by the Federal Minister and the Chairperson of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Madame Farzana Raja and Secretary General of China Foundation for Peace and Development (CFPD) Dr. Xu Zhensui. Mr. Masood Khan, Pakistan’s ambassador to China was also present on the occasion, says a press release received from Beijing here today.

The MoU was reached between BISP and CFPD after a series of negotiations, said a senior official of BISP. The MoU envisages that both the countries shall carry out the programme of “China-Pakistan Friendship Scholarship” in Pakistan. The scholarship with a total value of 100,000 US dollars from CFPD will be provided to 200-300 qualified Pakistani young people belonging to BISP beneficiary families, to help them attend a 3-month long vocational training course to be arranged by the BISP under its Waseela e Rozgar initiative.

The trainings will be carried out in Islamabad from September to December 2011.Formal agreement/ contract would be signed in Sep 2011 when a delegation of senior Chinese leaders will visit Pakistan. It was also discussed during the meeting that Chinese corporation working in Pakistan would be urged to employ labour trained by BISP in collaboration with CFPD. Secretary General of the CFPD expressed his appreciation for extensive work BISP is doing for the betterment of underprivileged people of Pakistan. He said that his visit to Pakistan was a wonderful experience. Madame Farzana Raja expressed her gratitude to CFPD for its confidence in BISP and agreeing to help in training the underprivileged youth of Pakistan. She also hoped that this MoU would be the start of a long term cooperation and collaboration between BISP and CFPD. Pakistani Ambassador to China Mr. Masood Khan was also present.

The CFPD is a Non-governmental Organization (NGO) that focuses on promotion of education, health care and poverty alleviation. Dr. Xu led a delegation to Pakistan from July 9-15, 2011 in which they had a series of meetings with senior management of BISP.

Earlier, on arrival while talking to media here, Minister Farzana Raja said that BISP is playing an important role in elimination of poverty from Pakistan and added that she is grateful to both the CFPD and China Cultural Heritage Foundation (CCHF) for extending helps to Pakistan in its endeavour for social sector development. She said that though it is her first visit to China yet she considers China her second home. “I have lot of expectations from this visit”, Madame Raja said adding that she during her stay will meet a number of senior officials from CFPD, CCHF and friends from public and private sector organizations and will exchange views for their cooperation with social sector of Pakistan.

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