The Ambassador of European Union (EU) Mr Jean-François Cautain, Provincial Sports Minister Mehmood Khan, and Member of National Assembly Sahazada Iftikhar inaugurated two micro hydro power units, built under the EU funded PEACE programme and implemented by Sarhad Rural Support Programme. Thousands of households, local businesses, and government offices and hospitals in Chitral city and surrounding areas will now enjoy affordable, sustainable and uninterrupted energy.
The representatives of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government and UNDP stressed the need for adopting innovative ways to address the issues of unemployment and lack of livelihood opportunities in the merged districts. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister of Finance and Planning Taimur Jhagra and resident representative of UNDP Ignacio Artaza were speaking at a ceremony to inaugurate vocational training for 500 youth from the merged districts of Khyber, North and South Waziristan. The train ing is being organized at the Human Resource Centre of the Sarhad Rural Support Programme (SRSP) in Hayatabad. The six-month training is being funded by the USAID through UNDP in a project being implemented by the SRSP in the three districts. The youth are being imparted training in different trades including solar panel, auto mechanic, motorcycle, refrigeration and air-condition repairing. The trainings are certified by the City and Guild London.