A three member KFW delegation (Government of Germany) comprising of Dr Norbert Kloppenberg, Member executive board, Mr Christian Kramer Director Pakistan and Afghanistan and Mr Wolfang Moller Director Pakistan visited SRSP projects in Chitral. At Ayun Village they saw the Rs 6.8 million funded protective works and irrigation canal which saved large parts of the picturesque village from ravages of floods and climate change shifting of irrigation head witnessed for the first time in over six hundred years. Later the delegation visited Boomboret ( Kalash Valley) where they saw a AusAid funded women village bank and finally they also visited the 700 kw power station set up in Ayun valley with EU assistance. Mr Kloppenberg remarked that he was impressed how economically the unit had been set up.
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.