Pakistan Oks Grant Agreement With DfID

Pakistan’s federal Cabinet approved on Friday (May 27) a 7 million pounds ($11.5 million) grant agreement with the U.K. Department for International Development, which is expected to help finance the development of the country’s growth strategy.

The grant has reportedly been a cause of tension among Pakistan’s ministries, with some officials opposing its approval because of the perceived strict conditions attached to it, The News International says. The grant was forwarded to the federal Cabinet for a decision on the recommendation of the country’s law ministry, the newspaper adds.

With the grant approved, the country’s Planning Commission submitted its proposed growth strategy to the National Economic Council, which is Pakistan’s highest economic decision-making body. The growth strategy outlines the Pakistani government’s economic development plans.

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