World Bank Supports Regional Connectivity and Renewable Energy in Pakistan

Stocks and Financial Services Press Releases Friday June 15, 2018 09:08
WASHINGTON--15 Jun--World Bank

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2018 - The World Bank is committing over half a billion dollars through two projects to support renewable energy in Sindh and expand economic activity between Pakistan and Afghanistan through the development of an economic corridor along the Khyber Pass.

"The projects will address Sindh's energy needs through the generation of solar power benefitting the entire province and support trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan through regional connectivity and private sector development along the Khyber Pass corridor," said Illango Patchamuthu, World Bank Country Director for Pakistan. "The construction of a 48 km four-lane expresswaylinking Pakistan and its regional trading partners and upgrading the countrys' infrastructure is an important component of Pakistan's growth policy."

The $100 million Sindh Solar Energy Project will reduce Pakistan's carbon footprint through the development of solar energy. It will support independent power producers to develop 400 MW of new solar power capacity (starting with an initial 50 MW pilot project) and provide partial grants to private sector firms for the commercial provision of Solar Home Systems to 200,000 households. The project will also help gain knowledge and experience in developing solar photovoltaic (PV) schemes on/around public buildings.

The $460.6 million Khyber Pass Economic Corridor Project will benefit consumers, producers, and traders in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia by supporting private sector investmen and reducing transport time and cost. Better infrastructure and more efficient border crossing will help Afghan medical patients and students coming to Pakistan. The project will alleviate key constraints to the integration of private sector actors in Khyber Agency into global value chains.

This complements activities by other development partners to increase access to socio-economic and job opportunities across the corridor.
The International Development Association, the concessional financing arm of the World Bank, is funding both projects.
The World Bank in Pakistan

Pakistan has been a member of the World Bank since 1950. Since then, the World Bank has provided $33.4 billion in assistance. The World Bank's program in Pakistan is governed by the Country Partnership Strategy for FY2015-2020 with four priority areas of engagement: energy, private sector development, inclusion, and service delivery. The current World Bank portfolio includes 45 projects with a net commitment of $8.24 billion.


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