ISLAMABAD Since President Asif Ali Zardari has directed the Government for maximum mobilisation of resources to respond to the flood situation, Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh on Friday convened the first meeting on government and non-government coordination. The Minister has underlined the need for joint reporting system that should be shared by the government, public, non-governmental institutions, and political leaders as well. The meeting decided that the World Bank and Asian Development Bank would jointly undertake the damage need assessment that should be completed by October 2010. The entire reconstruction and rehabilitation would be based on this damage need assessment. The officials claimed that the meeting was aimed to review coordination mechanism for international assistance for flood affected areas and progress of relief operation, but sources informed this scribe a different story altogether. According to sources, the international financial assistance for flood relief was not going to the Government due to transparency concerns. Therefore, to get into the picture, the Minister required to have meeting with international institutions like the World Bank, ADB, UNDP and other humanitarian agencies. Although the American funds are being released on the request of the Government of Pakistan yet that too are not coming directly to it and rather through the cluster of non-governmental institutions. Thus the Minister before this meeting was not even able to brief the Prime Minister or the President on the actual state of the initial response and the damage need assessment. Anyhow, the Minister chaired Fridays meeting that was attended by Onder Yucir, Resident Representative World Bank, Rune Stroem, Country Director ADB, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission and other senior officials of the GoP. Lauding the role of international institutions in assisting the Government to cope with the challenges of the recent floods, he emphasised the need to have a better coordination among various organisations involved in the relief assistance and rescue efforts. The Resident Coordinator from the UN briefed the Minister on the steps taken by the United Nations towards flood relief. He informed the Minister that an appeal for initial response had been launched for US $ 459 million. The appeal focused on four major sectors including food, healthcare, shelter, and water and sanitation. He also indicated that the appeal was being revised to include early recovery as part of the appeal. According to the World Bank representative, funds have been reallocated from the pipeline towards flood relief assistance. The ADB reiterated their support to the Government in their efforts towards early recovery and rehabilitation. He also informed that DG ADB was expected to visit Pakistan next week to discuss avenues for further support. The Minister nominated a four-member GoP team under the Deputy Chairman Planning Commission comprising representatives from the Ministry of Finance, EAD, Planning and NDMA to coordinate with the donors and prepare a roadmap for initiating DNA and early recovery plan. The first meeting in this regard is schedule for Monday, August 16, at the Planning Commission.