Launching ceremony of the project “Aid to Uprooted People in Pakistan (AUP) held at Governor’s House Peshawar KP. The EU funded project AUP is being implemented in five agencies of the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) including Khyber, Kurram, Orkazai, North Waziristan and South Waziristan Agencies. The total duration of the project is five years. The objective of the project is to “Facilitate the reintegration of FATA TDPs by creating a favorable environment for their return”. The event was attended by Additional Chief Secretary FATA, Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan, Head of Economic Cooperation and Development of German Embassy, Chairman of Rural Support Programmes Network, Representatives of UN the agencies i.e: UNHCR, WFP, UNFPA, GIZ, UNICEF, KFW. At the occasion Political Agents of all five agencies were also present.
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.