Pakistan Government Looks to Develop Project Appraisal Capacities


The Ministry of Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives (MoPDSI) of the Government of Pakistan is currently in talks with the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) for the development of an artificial intelligence-based decision support system (DSS) aimed at refining the former’s project planning techniques and capabilities by generating guiding insights on climate-informed development and growth interventions based on analyses of past, present and potential or future climate risks and opportunities in key socio-economic areas.

Developing a DSS tailored to sectoral needs is among the key components of the Climate Adaptation and Resilience (CARE) for South Asia, a 5-year project being implemented by RIMES and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) with support from the World Bank, whose main objective is to contribute in strengthening climate resilience in the region through a knowledge sharing and analysis platform, evidence-driven decision-making, and climate-smart policies and investments.

In a virtual meeting on Wednesday, August 24, 2022, Mr. Jawad Rabbani (Deputy Chief, Environment and Climate Change Section, MoPDSI) and Ms. Ruby Rose Policarpio (Project Director, Component 1, CARE for South Asia, RIMES) discussed the general mechanisms of the DSS and how it could bolster national sustainability goals and long-term planning and development amidst a changing global climate.

On top of that intended for project appraisal, four more DSSs in the areas of finance, water resource management, and agriculture are being considered for development or enhancement.

MoPDSI and RIMES agreed that close cooperation with respect to the creation of the DSSs is crucial in maximizing each system’s potential benefits. As such, both institutions have agreed to extend discussions toward an agreement on the implementation of the same.

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