LAHORE: The World Bank delegation led by its President Dr Jim Yong Kim is due in Lahore today to discuss progress on on-going bank funded projects in the province.

An official of the Punjab government told this scribe that the delegation will meet civil society, parliamentarians to discuss progress on projects started to improve economic performance, and poverty alleviation. Foolproof security arrangements will be ensured for the top level delegation, the officer said.

Besides meeting the Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif, the WB chief is also likely to meet the government top functionaries.

After the departure of President Dr Kim the delegation will continue to hold meetings with the secretaries of Local Government, Housing, Planning and Development and the Chairman P&D Board.

The WB delegation will also likely to visit the cities where its funded programmes are in progress like Multan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, and Rawalpindi other than the provincial metropolis Lahore. The bank is funding different sectors in Punjab to improve civic facilities.

Another officer said the WB is funding different projects in the country and the funds amount is four billion dollars.

The Punjab government successfully completed a major chunk of Lands Records Computerization programme in 143 tehsils costing Rs 12 billion with the WB funding. Moreover, Punjab Skills Development project’s funding is 50m US dollars, Punjab Public Management Reform Program funding is 50m US dollars, Education sector reforms like staff development etc are also active projects are also funded by WB.

Talking about other bank funded projects in Punjab the officer said the (Punjab Cities Governance Improvement Programme) PCGIP comprises plans for development and asset management imple