World Bank assures assistance for Dasu Dam Project

World Bank Country Director Rachid Benmessaoud in a meeting with Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar on Saturday. inp

ISLAMABAD: Rachid Benmessaoud Country Director World Bank (WB) on Saturday assured the Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar the assistance for Dasu Project would be approved by WB following the positive trends of the economic indicators of the country.The Country Director gave this assurance during a meeting with the minister as both discussed issues related to WB assistance to Pakistan.  During the meeting the Benmessaoud said we were working day and night for Board meeting on June 10 and hoped the assistance for Dasu Project would be approved. He assured Dar things were moving positively for Pakistan at the WB.Dar expressed his gratitude on support of the WB for Pakistan and appreciated early disbursement of $1 billion to Pakistan. He informed the Country Director Pakistan’s economy was moving in the right direction and that we would continue to engage with multilateral fora including WB for assistance in energy and infrastructure development programmes initiated by the government.In line with the vision of the Prime Minister to make Pakistan developed and prosperous country, the government has embarked upon a plan to meet the energy requirements and to make Pakistan an economically viable country. He emphasised WB’s assistance in energy and development projects particularly on Dasu Dam and Central Asia South Asia-1000 would help Pakistan progress.Shahid Mahmood Special Assistant to the Finance Minister and senior officials of the Finance Ministry attended the meeting.

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