ADB to provide $6b for infrastructure projects in Pakistan

Along with the 660-megawatt Jamshoro power plant, the funds will be used for several hydroelectric dams

Afp May 12, 2015
Secretary Economic Affairs Division Saleem Sethi in a meeting with ADB Vice President Wencai Zhang in Islamabad on Tuesday. PHOTO: PID

KARACHI: The Asian Development Bank on Tuesday approved a $6 billion loan to help build up Pakistan's dilapidated power network and other key infrastructure, Islamabad said.

Among the projects to be financed by the ADB are a 660-megawatt Jamshoro Coal Power Project, while funds will also be allocated for projects related to health, education and highway construction including Hassanabdal-Havellian and Gojra-Khanewal Motorways.

"(The ADB) agreed to finance US$6 billion for the next five years in Pakistan," an economic affairs ministry statement said, adding that the funds would help Pakistan tackle a long-running electricity crisis.

Along with the 660-megawatt plant, the funds will be used for several hydroelectric dams that will each generate between 100 and 300 megawatts.

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Pakistan is expected to see accelerating economic growth in the coming years, with the International Monetary Fund forecasting 4.1 per cent expansion this fiscal year, followed by 4.5 per cent growth next year.

Ratings agency Standard and Poor's meanwhile has upgraded the country's credit rating outlook from stable to positive.

Read: S&P upgrades Pakistan’s credit ratings

But electricity provision continues to be a massive problem.

Pakistan faces an annual power shortfall of around 4,000 megawatts in the peak summer months of June and July when temperatures can reach 50 degrees Celsius (120 Fahrenheit) in the country's centre.

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Philosiraptor | 6 years ago | Reply Too late, US. You had 7 decades to develop Pakistan now China decided to help you are throwing bones here.
jay | 6 years ago | Reply @Parvez: Pakistan can say " NO " to loans ! but the question is can it ? Pakistan is like a baby always sulking .
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