Pakistan inks agreements with ADB for $1.543 billion financing
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Under the agreements, $300 million would be provided for reforms in the energy sector, $385 million for improvement of infrastructure in five cities of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Rs235 million for the construction of 222km Shikarpur-Rajanpur Indus Highway.
The ABD would further provide $603 million for the expansion of Ehsaas programme. It will further provide financing of $5 million for Kurram Tangi projects and $15 million for KP cities.
According to an ADB press statement, the cities include Abbottabad, Kohat, Mardan, Mingora, and Peshawar.
This project will help to improve access to clean and safe water, reliable and integrated waste management and sanitation services, green urban spaces, and gender-friendly urban facilities. “More than 3.5 million people will benefit from improved access to clean and safe water, reliable and integrated waste management and sanitation services, green urban spaces, and gender-friendly urban facilities,” read the ADB statement.
For $603 million funding for expansion in Ehsaas program, the Asian Development Bank in its statement said: “Under the Integrated Social Protection Development Program, the ADB will provide a regular loan of $600 million and a $3 million grant from the Asian Development Fund, and will administer a $24 million grant from the Education Above All Foundation.”
Reporter Azeem Waqas