Sindh Engages with Japan on Multibillion-Rupee Development Projects

Karachi, The Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Murad Ali Shah, held discussions with the Japanese Ambassador, Wada Mitsuhiro, about the progress of development initiatives in Sindh province, supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

According to Zameen.Com, the projects, valued at PKR 8500.5 million, are a testament to the growing collaboration between Sindh and Japan. The meeting, which saw participation from Japan's Consul General Tahara and First Secretary Fukuda, along with Sindh's senior officials, focused on the detailed progress of JICA-funded development projects across the province.

Chief Minister Shah highlighted the upgrade of Girls Schools into Elementary Schools in rural areas, a project with a budget of PKR 2,287.24 million, now nearing its completion stage with contractor prequalification and bid processes for construction underway. The initial phase of this educational project will construct 11 elementary schools, starting in the Khairpur district and Naushero Feroze, with plans to extend to Sukkur, Larkana, and Malir Karachi, encompassing civil works and furniture procurement.

The meeting also covered the Flood Response program, which aims to reconstruct educational facilities in nine districts with JICA's support and a contribution from the Sindh government, totaling PKR 1.566 billion. This initiative focuses on rebuilding primary schools affected by floods and heavy rains, including solarization and furniture renewal.

Furthermore, updates were shared about the Maternal and Child Health Care Centre at Liaquat University Hospital, Jamshoro. This project, worth PKR 4963.331 million, is designed to enhance medical facilities for neonatal and children’s healthcare, with significant financial backing from the Sindh government.