Source: News Bharati English17 Jun 2017 11:36:01

Islamabad, June 17: With the aims to increase power generation, providing uninterrupted electricity to all in Pakistan, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Agence Francaise de Development (AFD) have approved over $400 million loans.

According to official press release, the $300 million in ADB assistance, the third such loan under the Sustainable Energy Sector Reform program, brings the bank’s total financing to $1 billion since 2014. AFD will add €100 million in cofinancing.

“Pakistan’s ambitious energy reform program demonstrates the government’s commitment to improve the reliability, sustainability, and affordability of the energy sector,” said Xiaohong Yang, ADB’s Country Director for Pakistan. “Maintaining the momentum for reform will help ensure that all Pakistanis have access to electricity, while keeping the economy on an inclusive, sustained growth path.”

Under the program, Pakistan has embarked on a substantial reform initiative that will reduce energy subsidies and adjust tariff policy, improve sector performance and open the market to private participation, and increase accountability and transparency.

The reform measures aim to address financial viability and reduce costs to taxpayers. Specific measures include recently agreed legislation that will improve governance through more clearly defined roles for both the government and the energy sector regulator, and reduce debt levels in the energy sector.

ADB is Pakistan’s largest development partner in the energy sector with a focus on investments, reforms to strengthen governance and promote structural transformation, effective implementation of projects and programs, capacity development and promotion of regional power and gas trading initiatives.