World Bank approved a package of $825 million for Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The World Bank (WB) approved a package of $825 million on Tuesday to improve the national power transmission system in Pakistan, and enhance health and education service delivery by strengthening financing management and procurement systems.

The $425 million National Transmission Modernization Project-I (NTMP-I) will modernize the national transmission system to enable new power generation to reach consumers by upgrading, expanding and rehabilitating selected 500KV and 220KV substations and transmission lines.

“With a substantial volume of the new generation now coming online, the strengthening of the transmission and distribution systems is critical,” said Illango Patchamuthu, World Bank Country Director for Pakistan.

Illango said the improved power supply would help meet the unserved demand from consumers and reduce the number and duration of power outages”.

NTMP-I will improve supply reliability and lower losses in the transmission network, according to WB press statement issued here.

The project would also modernize the information and communication technology infrastructure and strengthen financial and accounting systems of the National Transmission and Dispatch Company using information technology, it added.

This will result in more efficient operation and business decision-making processes, higher productivity, and upgraded staff skills.

Public financial management inefficiencies contribute to Pakistan’s weak performance in health and education sector, and despite a substantial increase, financial resources fail to reach clinics and schools on time.

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