Pakistan and ADB
In the Spotlight
ADB has appointed Xiaohong Yang as new Country Director for Pakistan. Ms. Yang, who assumed office on April 24, 2017, is the first woman to head ADB’s resident mission to the country. Ms. Yang will lead the implementation of ADB’s Country Partnership Strategy 2015-2019 for Pakistan, which focuses on infrastructure development and institutional reforms.
An upgrade of the 125-year-old Khanki weir will regulate water supply to 1.2 million hectares of land, supporting agriculture, jobs, and growth.
Pakistan is gearing to further expand its Islamic finance sector. Significant government initiatives include the launching of the Islamic Banking Strategic Plan, which aims to increase the country’s Islamic banking sector’s share in the total banking assets to 20% by December 2018 up from 9.8% as of 2014.
The country operations business plan, 2017–2019 for Pakistan of ADB is aligned with ADB’s country partnership strategy, 2015–2019 for Pakistan. The country partnership strategy proposes to support the government’s objective of high, sustained, and inclusive growth, focusing on infrastructure development and institutional reforms.
The Government of Pakistan has worked with ADB to strengthen the country’s key infrastructure, boost social and environmental safeguards, and promote information sharing with other countries.
The country partnership strategy, 2015-2019 for Pakistan continues to focus on infrastructure development and institutional reforms. It outlines financial assistance in six key sectors: energy; transport; agriculture, natural resources, and rural development; water and other urban infrastructure and services; public sector management; and finance
Pakistan is a member of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program.
Projects in Pakistan
- Sustainable Energy Sector Reform Program (Subprogram 3)
- Expanding Access to Credit for Agriculture and Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Borrowers
- Institutional Transformation of the Punjab Irrigation Department to a Water Resources Department
- Access to Clean Energy Investment Program
- Pehur High Level Canal Extension Project (formerly Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Water Resources Project)
Population living below the national poverty line in Pakistan (2013)Refers to preliminary/interim figures; or refers to periods before 2010.
Population in Pakistan, in millions (2016)
Maternal mortality ratio in Pakistan, per 100,000 live births (2015)
Average annual population growth rate in Pakistan (2011-2016)