Islamabad, February 11, 2014 (PPI-OT): A delegation of Asian Development Bank, headed by the Vice President Asian Development Bank Ltd, Mr Wencai Zhang called on the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in PM House today. The delegation comprised of Mr. Wencai Zhang, Vice President, Mr Klaus Gerhaeusser, Mr. Hao Zhang, Advisor to the Vice President ADB, Mr. Werner E. Liepach, country Director, and Mr Saad Paracha, Senior Programs Officer. Federal Finance Minister, Mr Ishaq Dar was also present at the occasion.
Prime Minister said that we are committed to address the challenges in energy sector and apprised that economic indicators this year have improved from the previous year. PM said that we are moving ahead in the energy sector and further stated that we are establishing energy parks in Gadani which will produce 6600 MW of electricity. He also informed the delegation that we are planning to build Diamer-Bhasha and Bunji dams.PM said that the support of ADB is essential in implementing true reform agenda.
During the meeting, Prime Minister underscored the high value Pakistan places on its partnership and continued support from the development partners. Prime Minister thanked the ADB for committing to policy lending to the tune of US $ 1 billion for energy sector and State Owned Enterprises reforms. He appreciated ADB support for Jamshoro Power Generation Project and stated that this project is important in view of the current energy crisis and dire need for higher efficiency and alternative sources in power generation.
Prime Minister also lauded the Social Protection Development Project (BISP) to the tune of US $ 430 million and emphasized the continued support.
Vice President congratulated the PM on his third time election as the Prime Minister of Pakistan and said, “We are witnessing successful economic reforms initiatives under your leadership and you are dealing remarkably with the fiscal deficit and reforming state owned enterprise. We are sure that Pakistan under your leadership will enjoy high growth rate in coming years if there is continuity in implementation of reform Agenda.” ADB is willing to help Pakistan, he further said.
ADB delegation informed that tomorrow there will be a very important occasion as ADB and Government of Pakistan are signing a US$ 900 million agreement of Jamshoro power generation project.
Vice President of ADB assured that they will support the present government’s great efforts in energy sector reforms and appreciated the policy of federal government which is focused on regional and international integration and cooperation.
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