Asian Development Bank provides $20 million to improve Pakistan’s privatization program

Islamabad, January 27, 2015 (PPI-OT): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Pakistan today signed an agreement to invest $20 million to improve corporate governance, technical capacity and regulatory framework of Pakistan’s privatization program. Dr. Werner E. Liepach, ADB’s Country Director for Pakistan and Mohammad Saleem Sethi, Secretary Economic Affairs Division (EAD), Government of Pakistan signed the loan agreement.

”The project will finance management, and financial consulting services to develop the capacity of Ministry of Finance to monitor the Public Sector Enterprise (PSE) portfolio, assess fiscal liabilities, identify and track potential issues, and oversee corporate restructuring of selected PSE. It will also strengthen the process by improving the corporate governance and management capacity of selected PSE, and strengthening governance and regulations in selected sectors dominated by PSE.” said Dr. Liepach.

PSE accounts for about 10 percent of Pakistan’s gross domestic product (GDP) and thus comprise a major share of Pakistan’s economy. Weak corporate governance and management issues have been resulting in their poor service delivery and bleeding of country’s scarce financial resources with tax payers ultimately bearing the brunt of these inefficiencies.

The project seeks improvement of the governance and regulatory regime to ensure that efficiency gains in PSE are in line with interest of the general public and consumers. The assistance will help improve financial control and reporting through improved inter-agency coordination and online monitoring system at the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).

It will also assist the Privatization Commission in preparing a privatization strategy and monitor the transaction. “The expected impact would be reduced fiscal and economic costs through improved management and governance of Pakistan’s Public Sector Enterprises.” Dr. Liepach added.

ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific region through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth, and regional integration. Established in 1966, it is currently owned by 67 members – 48 from the region.

For more information, contact:
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Level 8, North Wing, Serena Office Complex
Khayaban-e-Suhrawardy, G-5
GPO Box 1863, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-2600351-69, +92-51-2087300
Fax: +92-51-2600365-66, +92-51-2087397-98

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