PESHAWAR (NNI) - A memorandum of understanding between Provincial Disaster Management Authority Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and SMEDA, for the execution of 18 months legal and economic empowerment project worth Rs 251 million in the 10 worst flood affected districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was inked here on Saturday. Director General PDMA Shakeel Qadir Khan and Deputy General Manager SMEDA Raja Hasnain Javed signed the MoU. While talking to the forum, Shakeel Qadir Khan said Provincial Disaster Management Authority is presently engaged in the relief and rehabilitation of flood affected areas and communities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The project will provide opportunities of development and bring prosperity in the flood affected districts, he said. He further added that the project will operate in the 10 worst flood affected districts i.e. Shangla, Dera Ismail Khan, Kohistan, Peshawar, Charsadda, Swat, Nowshera, Dir Upper, Dir Lower and Tank of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as declared by PDMA. He informed that the project will offer its support in setting up Business Support Centres (BSCs) in each of the worst flood affected districts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to coordinate livelihood restoration and rehabilitation activities. The project will not only facilitate provision of business development support to the farmers, craftsmen, micro entrepreneurs and cooperative projects in restoration of businesses and livelihoods but will also assist in the capacity building of NGOs and social enterprises to facilitate delivery of project objectives, he concluded. Shaheen Tahir Manager Legal Services SMEDA, Noor Zeba Provincial Project Coordinator and the economic growth team of PDMA-PaRRSA were also present at the ceremony.