Asian Development Bank to provide US$ 200 million, Australia to extend grant of AUD 4.5 million for National Disaster Risk Management Fund

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Asian Development Bank to provide US$ 200 million, Australia to extend grant of AUD 4.5 million for National Disaster Risk Management Fund

ISLAMABAD, Dec 2 (APP): Asian Development Bank (ADB) would provide US $ 200 million and Australia would also extend grant of AUD 4.5 million for National Disaster Risk Management Fund.
The Signing Ceremony to this effect was held here in the office of
Finance Minister Friday.

Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic
Affairs, Statistics and Privatization witnessed the signing ceremony between the Government of Pakistan and Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Loan Agreement of US$ 200 million and Grant Agreement of Australian Dollar 4.5 million for National Disaster Risk Management
Fund (NDRMF).

NDRMF is being established as a public limited company under Section
42 of the Companies Ordinance 2016 for sustainable mechanism and permanent instrument to enhance Pakistan’s resilience to any future disaster.

The focus of the Fund was on disaster risk reduction,design,
development and seeding of disaster risk financing strategies and instruments; and partnerships with other organizations to provide relief and recovery support, including livelihood restoration initiatives, and reconstruction and rehabilitation of key public infrastructure.

The eventual total outlay of the Fund would be is USD 3 Billion of
which ADB will provide USD 1 billion in five tranches.

Out of ADB’s total commitment, a loan of USD 200 million has been
signed today.

The Government of Australia was also providing co-financing grant for this Fund.

Apart from ADB and Australia, other donors such as Norway, Belgium and Switzerland have also shown their interest to contribute in the Fund.

Speaking on the occasion, the Finance Minister thanked ADB and the
Government of Australia for providing support and enabling Government of Pakistan to establish a common window to pool financial resources.

This mechanism will serve for alignment of donors’ commitments and GOP financing for disaster management efforts, if God forbid a disaster does take place.

The Minister also said that the participation of our development
partners in this noble cause will also inspire organizations around the world to take similar initiatives. He also said that this initiative will strengthen Pakistan’s disaster preparedness efforts.

The Country Director Asian Development Bank stated that this is a
trend-setting initiative which would not only mitigate the effects of disaster but would also help cushion the fiscal shock of the catastrophe.

The loan agreement was signed by Tariq Bajwa, Secretary, Economic Affairs Division and Werner E. Liepach, Country Director, Asian Development Bank.

The High Commissioner of Australia and the representatives of Norway,
Japan, Switzerland and European Union were also present on this occasion.