The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has endorsed a new 5-year country partnership strategy (CPS) to help restore economic stability and growth in Pakistan, enhance people’s well-being, create jobs, and expand economic opportunities as the country works to overcome the coronavirus disease pandemic.
The pandemic has interrupted the macroeconomic recovery in Pakistan, resulting in a sharp contraction in growth, a rise in public expenditures, and a loosening of monetary policy to mitigate the health and economic impacts, said a press statement on Wednesday.
ADB Director General for Central and West Asia, Eugene Zhukov said that new CPS 2021–2025 will build greater resilience of the population and help tackle Pakistan’s persistent structural challenges.
He said that ADB’s assistance over the next 5 years prioritizes support for three interlinked pillars: improving economic management, building resilience through human capital development and social protection, and boosting competitiveness and private sector development.
ADB will support macroeconomic stabilisation in Pakistan and maintain support for reforms to improve the country’s trade prospects and external positions. ADB will continue to help improve the energy sector through reforms and sovereign and non-sovereign investments. It will continue deepening and diversifying Pakistan’s financial markets to promote investment, growth, and private sector development, said the statement.
Under the CPS, ADB will expand investments and help accelerate reforms in secondary education and technical and vocational education and training. ADB will address the challenge of out-of-school children and target children from poor and vulnerable households, said the statement.
According to the statement, to boost competitiveness and private sector development, ADB will focus on building liveable cities, promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency, and investing in rural infrastructure. ADB will seek to strengthen agricultural value chains, improve connectivity, and increase access to finance.—TLTP