World Bank to support PM’s ‘Clean & Green Pakistan’ initiative

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Zubair Qureshi

The World Bank (WB) has agreed to jointly work to boost Pakistan’s climate resilience against devastating impacts of climate change including floods, heatwave and to achieve environmental sustainability by increasing investment in green and clean energy sectors and for enhancing the country’s technical knowhow and capacity of the concerned sectors related to food, water, agriculture, forestry, clean and renewable energy sectors.

These views were expressed by Regional Vice President of the WB Group for South Asian Region Hartwig Schafer who called on Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam on Tuesday.

Malik Amin shared details of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s various clean and green initiatives including 10 Billion Tree Tsunami, Recharge Pakistan, Green Stimulus, Protected Areas Initiatives, Electric vehicle policy, Ecosystem Restoration Initiative and Innovative Financing based on performance relating to Nature Based Solutions being implemented by the climate change ministry.

Hartwig Schafer praised the PM’s initiatives and vision for Green and environmentally-sustainable and climate-resilient Pakistan.

The World Bank official also informed the PM’s aide that The International Development Association (IDA) is the part of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries and the future IDA window of the WB will have 30% development finance linked to climate change co-benefits.

He also mentioned that the programmatic portfolio of the WB would not only have investment components but also budgetary support linked to policy-based actions relating to climate change.

He added that future development funding to all countries has to be filtered through the climate change lens and the World Bank Board has decided to link future development finance with climate performance.

He also praised the pro-climate policies of the Imran Khan Government and offered full WB support for furthering the climate change agenda in Pakistan over the next decade.

The WB official suggested that the IDA window offers a great opportunity for Pakistan to benefit from it for financially and technically supporting the clean and green initiatives of Pakistan.

Malik Amin Aslam thanked for the offer to benefit from the WB’s IDA financing window and vowed to utilize all available efforts to mop up funding from the IDA window to further support the PM’s clean and green Pakistan initiative

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