The Turkish state-run aid agency is going to launch 50 new development projects in Pakistan in education, health, and agriculture sector.
On the TIKA’s 30th anniversary, Muhsin Balci, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency’s (TIKA) programme coordinator for Pakistan made the announcement that Turkey would launch 50 development projects in Pakistan.
Balci, who came in early January to Islamabad, beginning official visits of projects, said, “TIKA is now working in more than 150 countries, and we have done more than 30,000 projects since our establishment in different countries. In these projects we share our knowledge and expertise in the field of education, health, and agriculture with countries from the Balkans to Africa, from the Middle East to Latin America.”
Furthermore, he visited the digitisation centre for the preservation of rare books in a library founded by TIKA at Quaid-e-Azam University. He also visited the Baitussalam Welfare Trust, where students showcased a performance with robots at the Blatu Hub Technology Lab that was established by TIKA in 2018.
After visiting, he lauded Pakistan by saying, “Pakistan is full of talent and it gives us immense pleasure to give technical support to our brother nation. Pakistan is no foreign country for us. This nation has supported us unconditionally, and our hearts beat for each other.”
New development projects for Pakistan in 2022
“We’re expanding our support from education to health and the agriculture sector,” Balci said. “The departments and companies come to us for our technical support and we try our best to give the best of the best service,”
He added, “Our aim is to start more than 50 projects this year in Pakistan that will facilitate the organisations in fostering young talent.”
TIKA has also set up five water filtration plants in three cities to provide access to safe drinking water to residents.
“Along with our student exchange programme and other projects, TIKA is also focused on uplifting the lives of people. Our water filtration plants are another project for our Pakistani brothers that show our love and care for this nation,” he added.