World Bank Pledges $14 Billion to 4,500 MW Diamer Bhasha Project in Pakistan
The World Bank has agreed to provide US$14 billion for the construction of Pakistan’s 4,500-MW Diamer-Bhasha hydropower project, the Kuwait News Agency has reported.
Pakistani Minster of Finance Ishaq Dar said in a statement that the country was able to secure the financing after convincing the bank that it is not legally necessary to seek a no-obligation certificate from neighboring India.
The World Bank had previously expressed its hesitancy to fund Diamer-Bhasha due to potential issues with India, instead electing to help fund Pakistan’s 4,320-MW Dasu hydroelectric plant.
Dar also said the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has committed to being Diamer-Bhasha’s lead finance manager.
“I have taken up the Diamer-Bhasha issue with the ADB, and its visiting vice president was very positive and promised to work proactively with Pakistan,” Dar said.
The parties are currently developing a financing structure, ADB vice president Xiaoyo Zhao said, for $430 million in funding that will be released for the project’s income support program.