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Jun 06, 2020 PRINT EDITION
Pakistan

ADB pledges $1.7bn to Pakistan as coronavirus takes toll

 The budget support will be provided to Pakistan on a special concessionary basis. 
 The support comes amid the o
April 24, 2020
  • The budget support will be provided to Pakistan on a special concessionary basis.
  • The support comes amid the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in the country which has affected over 11,000 persons and has killed over 230 persons.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has pledged to provide $1.7 billion to Pakistan to combat the economic impacts of coronavirus in the country, it was learned on Friday.

The assurance was given by the ADB President to the Minister for Economic Affairs Khusro Bakhtiar, during a virtual meeting. As per details, the bank will approve $800 million budget support by June this year.  It will then provide the next tranche of nine hundred million dollars by the end of this year.

The budget support will be provided to Pakistan on a special concessionary basis.

The Minister for Economic Affairs thanked the ADB for extending the financial cooperation to Pakistan. the development comes amid the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in the country which has affected over 11,000 persons and has killed over 220 persons, more worrisome has been its economic toll, which has been resulted due to government’s lockdown measures, bringing economic activity in Pakistan to a standstill.

The ADB has projected Pakistan's economic growth to slow to 2.6 percent this year due to ongoing stabilization efforts and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The ADB in its latest report, Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2020 highlighted several factors behind the slowdown including slower growth in agriculture and the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, the report said that the economy would, however, recover to 3.2pc in 2021.

“Pakistan's strong and decisive policy measures have started to yield positive results in reversing macroeconomic imbalances and narrowing current account deficits," said ADB Country Director for Pakistan Xiaohong Yang.

The bank has already announced that it will roll out a massive $20 billion package to help developing member nations weather the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The fund represents the tripling of a package announced just a month ago, which the ADB decided to boost as the scale of the contagion's impact has mushroomed.