SENEGALESE, TO LEARN FROM BISP SOCIAL PROTECTION MODEL

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ISLAMABAD (PRESS RELEASE)

The social protection model presently being implemented through BISP across Pakistan is meant to effectively support & empower women, children and poorest segments of the society. Ms Marvi Memon, Chairperson BISP stated while welcoming the foreign study tour participants from Sengal. A Senegalese delegation on the invitation of Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), on behalf of Government of Pakistan, called on Chairperson Ms Marvi Memon, on the opening day of their study visit (16-17 April) here in Islamabad today. The 14 member Senegalese delegation was led by Mr. Gningue Pape Malick Director of the National Cash Transfer Program Senegal, accompanied by Special Advisor to Prime Minister Ms. Ndiaye Adjaratou Diakhou, Advisor to Secretary Mr. Diallo Abdoulaye Djibril and other Social protection specialist from World Bank, based in Senegal. The opening session was attended by the Secretary BISP Omar Hamid Khan, along with Director Generals from other sections. Ms Memon shed light on the specific programs including National Socio Economic Registry (NSER), recently introduced Graduation Model and other modes of Conditional/Unconditional Cash transfer (CCT/UCT). “I’m confident that the visit of senior social protection experts from Senegal government will prove beneficial for both countries. This visit will definitely result into joint-learning process, which would be beneficial for either side”, she added. Secretary BISP Omar Hamid Khan, apprised the delegation that the programme is the first ever comprehensive and transparent social safety net programme initiated by the Government of Pakistan. “We at BISP, are partnering with the leading global academic institutions including MIT, Harvard & LSE to tailor are social research models, in-lined with latest sociological research methods”, the secretary added. He stated that to make transactions more transparent, ensure timely delivery and efficiency BISP has launched Biometric Verification System (BVS). He further highlighted BISP latest initiatives regarding a new programme on nutrition Conditional Cash Transfer to prevent the malnutrition amongst children of BISP beneficiary households. Moreover, a programme is also being designed on immunization Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT), keeping in view the low awareness on immunization by the beneficiary households. Expressing felicitation, Mr. Gningue Pape Malick Director of the National Cash Transfer thanked the Secretary BISP for such a warm hospitality and extending the invitation for such a worth-learning study tour. He broadly presented the Senegalese Model of Social Protection in coordination with other experts from Senegal and hoped to learn from the BISP management, and expressed desire to share their practical working model.