Pakistan : COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support Program

Sovereign Project | 54193-001

The proposed Program is part of an integrated package of support to help the Government of Pakistan's immediate efforts to mitigate the significant negative health, social, and economic impacts of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The CARES Program will provide budget support to help finance countercyclical development expenditures. This support will deliver (i) social protection for the poor and vulnerable, (ii) an expanded health sector response to the pandemic, and (iii) a pro-poor fiscal stimulus package to ensure recovery in growth and employment.

Project Details

  • Project Officer
    Mukhopadhyay, Hiranya
    Central and West Asia Department
    Request for information
  • Country/Economy
    Pakistan
  • Sector
    • Public sector management
Project Name
COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support Program
Project Number
54193-001
Country / Economy
  • Pakistan
Project Status
Closed
Project Type / Modality of Assistance
  • Loan
Source of Funding / Amount
Loan 3931-PAK: COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support Program
Source Amount
Ordinary capital resources US$ 500.00 million
Loan: COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support Program
Source Amount
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank US$ 500.00 million
World Bank US$ 500.00 million
Loan: COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support Program
Source Amount
OPEC Fund for International Development US$ 50.00 million
Operational Priorities
  • OP1: Addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities
  • OP2: Accelerating progress in gender equality
  • OP6: Strengthening governance and institutional capacity
  • OP7: Fostering regional cooperation and integration
Sector / Subsector
  • Health / Disease control of communicable disease

  • Public sector management / Public expenditure and fiscal management - Social protection initiatives

Gender
Effective gender mainstreaming
Description

The proposed Program is part of an integrated package of support to help the Government of Pakistan's immediate efforts to mitigate the significant negative health, social, and economic impacts of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The CARES Program will provide budget support to help finance countercyclical development expenditures. This support will deliver (i) social protection for the poor and vulnerable, (ii) an expanded health sector response to the pandemic, and (iii) a pro-poor fiscal stimulus package to ensure recovery in growth and employment.

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Pakistan has seen a significant increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19, from the initial two cases on 26 February 2020 to about 72,460 as of 2 June 2020, with 1,543 deaths. Sindh is currently the region with the highest number of cases (28,245), followed by Punjab (26,240), KPK (10,027), and Balochistan (4,393).

As more data become available, the World Health Organization (WHO) has undertaken fresh predictive analysis, triangulating data from multiple countries. Based on this analysis, the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination (MNHSRC) projects a total incidence load of more than 196,000 cases of COVID-19, of which an estimated 30,000 will require hospitalization and about 10,000 will need critical care.

The government responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic downturn by announcing a countercyclical development expenditure program of about $7.23 billion to strengthen the health infrastructure and social safety net and provide a countercyclical fiscal stimulus. ADB financing under the CARES Program is provided as a budget support to meet gaps in the government''s development financing needs.

The government meets all the access criteria of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) CPRO under the Countercyclical Support Facility. The Pakistan CARES Program is aligned with ADB's Strategy 2030, including operational priorities on addressing remaining poverty and reducing inequalities, accelerating progress in gender equality, strengthening governance and institutional capacity, and fostering regional cooperation and integration. The CARES Program will also help implement CAREC 2030, and ADB's Operational Plan for Integrated Disaster Risk Management 2014-2020.

Impact

Adverse impacts of COVID-19 on the government''s objective of achieving sustained and inclusive growth mitigated.

Project Outcome

Description of Outcome

COVID-19 outbreak more effectively managed and its immediate social and economic damages reduced.

Progress Toward Outcome

Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs

Measures to arrest COVID-19 pandemic introduced.

Cash assistance and financial inclusion programs targeting women implemented.

Measures to prevent job losses introduced.

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location
Nation-wide

Safeguard Categories

Environment
C
Involuntary Resettlement
C
Indigenous Peoples
C

Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation

During Project Design
During Project Implementation

Contact

Responsible ADB Officer
Mukhopadhyay, Hiranya
Responsible ADB Department
Central and West Asia Department
Responsible ADB Division
Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division, CWRD
Executing Agencies
Ministry of Finance and Revenue

Timetable

Concept Clearance
20 Feb 2022
Fact Finding
10 Apr 2020 to 25 Apr 2020
MRM
11 May 2020
Approval
10 Jun 2020
Last Review Mission
-
Last PDS Update
10 Jun 2020

Funding

Loan 3931-PAK

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
10 Jun 2020 19 Jun 2020 23 Jun 2020 30 Jun 2021 - 30 Jun 2021
Financing Plan
  Total (Amount in US$ million)
Project Cost 500.00
ADB 500.00
Counterpart 0.00
Cofinancing 0.00
Loan Utilization
  Date ADB Others Net Percentage
Cumulative Contract Awards 28 Sep 2022 500.00 0.00 100%
Cumulative Disbursements 28 Sep 2022 500.00 0.00 100%

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Title Document Type Document Date
Pakistan: COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditure Support Program Validations of Project Completion Reports Jun 2023

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