The World Bank is looking to provide financing of about $2 billion to prepare emergency operations to quickly start the reconstruction and rehabilitation to rebuild or repair infrastructure, housing, and restore livelihoods, and to help strengthen Pakistan’s resilience to climate-related risks.
This was stated by the World Bank’s new Vice President for the South Asia Region, Martin Raiser, who concluded his first official visit to Pakistan and reaffirmed the bank’s commitment to supporting the people of Pakistan in the wake of catastrophic flooding.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of lives and livelihoods due to the devastating floods and we are working with the federal and provincial governments to provide immediate relief to those who are most affected,” said Raiser.
As an immediate response, we are repurposing funds from existing World Bank-financed projects to support urgent needs in health, food, shelter, rehabilitation, and cash transfers. In addition to this, we are working with the federal and provincial authorities to prepare emergency operations to quickly start the reconstruction and rehabilitation to rebuild or repair infrastructure, housing, and restore livelihoods, and to help strengthen Pakistan’s resilience to climate-related risks. We are envisaging financing of about USD two billion to that effect, Raiser added.
Raiser highlighted that Pakistan is among the world’s top 10 countries most affected by climate change. He also encouraged the government to continue to focus on the successful implementation of ongoing investments in areas such as girls’ and boys’ learning, health, reduced stunting, social protection, energy transition, and climate resilience to lay the foundation for a sustained recovery from this year’s flood disaster.
Raiser also met Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah. They discussed the impact of massive rains and recent floods and how the World Bank is supporting the government of Sindh with reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts. During his visit to Sindh, he was given the opportunity to see first-hand the extent of damages and meet affected households at a relief camp in Dadu District.
Raiser was joined in his meetings by the World Bank Country Director for Pakistan Najy Benhassine and the International Finance Corporation Country Manager Zeeshan Ahmed Sheikh.
During his two-day visit, Raiser met with several cabinet ministers. He also met with State Bank of Pakistan Governor Jameel Ahmed, National Disaster Management Authority Chairman Lieutenant General Akhtar Nawaz as well as representatives from think tanks and the private sector. In these meetings, Raiser discussed in detail the impact of the floods in Pakistan and the World Bank’s support.