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Pakistan: Emergency Assistance for Fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sovereign (Public) Project | 54181-001 Status: Active

The emergency project was prepared in response to the Government of Pakistan's request to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on 25 March 2020 for assistance in managing the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Pakistan. The project will provide (i) immediate financing to help the government deal with the crisis quickly and flexibly by strengthening its public health preparedness and responsiveness; and (ii) a social protection component for quick financial support to help meet the basic needs of vulnerable and poor segments of society and to stimulate the domestic economy. The project is part of ADB's response of supporting developing member countries in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Project Details

Project Officer
Wu, Zheng Central and West Asia Department Request for information
Country
  • Pakistan
Sector
  • Health
 
Project Name Emergency Assistance for Fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic
Project Number 54181-001
Country Pakistan
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Grant
Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Grant 0701-PAK: Emergency Assistance for Fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic
Government of Norway US$ 5.28 million
Loan 3923-PAK: Emergency Assistance for Fighting the COVID-19 Pandemic
Ordinary capital resources US$ 300.00 million
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Partnerships
Sector / Subsector

Health / Disease control of communicable disease

Public sector management / Social protection initiatives

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Effective gender mainstreaming
Description The emergency project was prepared in response to the Government of Pakistan's request to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on 25 March 2020 for assistance in managing the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Pakistan. The project will provide (i) immediate financing to help the government deal with the crisis quickly and flexibly by strengthening its public health preparedness and responsiveness; and (ii) a social protection component for quick financial support to help meet the basic needs of vulnerable and poor segments of society and to stimulate the domestic economy. The project is part of ADB's response of supporting developing member countries in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020 and a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Pakistan is highly susceptible to the spread of COVID-19 given that it borders the Islamic Republic of Iran and the People's Republic of China, which were among the initial countries experiencing the COVID-19 epidemic. Pakistan also has large numbers of returning migrant workers, an overcrowded public transportation system, an underfinanced and weak health system, and densely populated urban and peri-urban settlements. Its incidence of COVID-19 infections is quickly rising - from the first two cases and no deaths recorded on 26 February 2020 to 21,501 cases and 486 deaths by 5 May 2020. According to the projection in Pakistan Preparedness and Response Plan COVID-19, Pakistan is likely to experience about 200,000 positive cases, of which 80% are expected to be mild, 15% moderate to severe, and about 5% critical; critical cases will require ventilation and highly specialized support. This brings severe stress to the country's health infrastructure and administrative capacity.

The impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak in Pakistan are likely to be significant in the short term because of a combination of containment and mitigation measures already in place and the related disruptions in production. Falling tax revenues, expenditures to manage the health and socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19, and a reduction in exports and remittances are expected to further widen the country's budget and current account deficits. The COVID-19 outbreak is expected to cause sharp declines in domestic demand, curb tourism and business travel, affect trade and production links, and cause supply disruptions. The magnitude of these economic impacts on production and employment will depend on how long restrictive policies such as social distancing and lockdowns are required. The International Monetary Fund projected a sharp decline in the GDP growth rate for Pakistan, from 3.3% in FY2019 to -1.5% in FY2020.

Impact Coping capacity of the country to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and other public health emergencies improved by 2024
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome Adverse health and socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak mitigated
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Public health emergency preparedness and response strengthened

Social protection for poor and vulnerable women delivered

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Nation-wide
Safeguard Categories
Environment B
Involuntary Resettlement C
Indigenous Peoples C
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects The project's public health emergency preparedness and response component is expected to substantially minimize occupational and community health and safety hazards. The executing agency for this component adopted an environmental and social management system satisfactory to ADB.
Involuntary Resettlement The project will have no involuntary resettlement impact as defined by ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009).
Indigenous Peoples The project will have no indigenous peoples impact as defined by ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009).
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Responsible ADB Officer Wu, Zheng
Responsible ADB Department Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division Pakistan Resident Mission
Executing Agencies
Benazir Income Support Program
[email protected]
F- Block, Pak Secretariat
National Disaster Risk Management Fund
Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA) Headquarter Office Bldg Complex, Muree
Islamabad, Pakistan
Timetable
Concept Clearance -
Fact Finding 16 Apr 2020 to 27 Apr 2020
MRM 30 Apr 2020
Approval 19 May 2020
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 19 May 2020

Grant 0701-PAK

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
19 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 23 Jun 2020 30 Nov 2022 - -
Financing Plan Grant Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 5.28 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 0.00 19 May 2020 0.00 0.25 5%
Counterpart 0.00 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 5.28 19 May 2020 0.00 0.00 0%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - -

Loan 3923-PAK

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
19 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 23 Jun 2020 30 Nov 2022 - -
Financing Plan Loan Utilization
Total (Amount in US$ million) Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Project Cost 306.52 Cumulative Contract Awards
ADB 300.00 19 May 2020 79.23 0.00 26%
Counterpart 6.52 Cumulative Disbursements
Cofinancing 0.00 19 May 2020 198.18 0.00 66%
Status of Covenants
Category Sector Safeguards Social Financial Economic Others
Rating - - - Satisfactory - -

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Tenders

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Contracts Awarded

Contract Title Approval Number Contract Date Contractor Contractor Address Executing Agency Contract Description Total Contract Amount (US$) Contract Amount Financed by ADB (US$)
ONE TIME CASH TRANSFER TO BISP WOMEN BENEFICIARIES Loan 3923 08 Jul 2020 BISP ISLAMABAD PAKISTAN Benazir Income Support Program OTHERS 79,234,926.76 79,234,926.76

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