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Friday, 10 June 2016

Asian Development Bank approve 1st co-financing with China's AIIB for Pakistan road


MANILA, PHILIPPINES : The Asian Development Bank has approved a $100 million loan for a highway project in Pakistan, marking its first co-financing with the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. The Manila-based ADB announced Friday that AIIB will provide the loan subject to its board's approval later this month. The United Kingdom's Department of International Development is extending a $34 million grant, with ADB serving as lead financier and
administrator for the AIIB loan and the grant. AIIB is viewed by some as a rival to the U.S.-led World Bank and the Japan-led ADB, with suspicions China may use it to advance its economic and political interests. ADB President Takehiko Nakao called the co-financing ``a historic milestone'' for the ADB and AIIB as they work to meet Asia's pressing infrastructure needs.

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