ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The visiting delegation of Tanzania Social Action Fund met the Federal Minister/Chairperson BISP Shazia Marri in Islamabad on Friday to wrap up their five-day visit to Pakistan.
The delegation is visiting Pakistan with the aim to learn from the experiences and best practices of social safety programs in Pakistan, particularly those of the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP).
The Secretary BISP Yusuf Khan and other senior officials were also present on this occasion.
Chairperson BISP and Minister @MOPASSPK Shazia Atta Marri chairs the meeting with Tanzania Social Action Fund delegation visiting Pakistan.
Minister Marri said we are empowering 🇵🇰 woman through various initiatives under BISP and PA&SS division to financially empower her family. pic.twitter.com/D3pSYeQdCx
— Benazir Income Support Programme (@bisp_pakistan) December 2, 2022
During the meeting, Shazia Marri informed the delegates about the various social protection initiatives of Pakistan.
The members of the delegation appreciated the excellent data collection, bio-metric verification system and efficient payment mechanism of BISP.
The delegation specifically lauded Nashonuma and Kafaalat programs of BISP which provide vital support to the poorest of the poor.
Talking to the delegation, the federal minister said that Pakistan wants to provide all possible support to Tanzania in the field of social safety.
Shazia Marri said that bilateral visits between the two Countries will prove helpful in making the social safety sector more effective.
The minister told the delegates that the Benazir Income Support Program is currently providing assistance to 8.5 million people in Pakistan.
The federal minister further said that the scope of the program is being expanded up to 10 million people. The poverty rate in Pakistan has increased due to recent rains and flooding, she added.
Shazia Marri expressed her gratitude to the representative of the World Bank for organizing this visit. She also presented ‘Ajraks’ and souvenirs to the visiting guests.