New Delhi:The SAARC Development Fund (SDF), which has just given in-principle approval for two infrastructure projects with a cumulative funding of USD 30 million, would be engaging with top multilateral institutions here on July2-3 to strengthen its financial resources for more such key infrastructure, economic and social projects in Member States.
The top institution that will be participating in the meeting include the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank(ADB) and the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB)..
SAARC Member States commitment to development of the SAARC region is clearly visible by participation of its top officials at the Partnership Conclave which would be inaugurated by NITI Aayog CEO Mr Amitabh Kant for soliciting the maximum of support from the multilateral funding organizations for the region.
“Considering a huge funding requirement of the region; it is important for us to raise finances through different mechanisms for lending to projects which are vital for building infrastructure and poverty alleviation through faster economic development in the SAARC region,” said SDF Chief Executive Officer Dr Sunil Motiwal.
SDF is currently implementing 12 regional projects with more than 70 implementing and lead implementing agencies covering all the eight Member States under the Social Window funding.
He said SDF has already committed USD 73.74 million for social window projects as of date of which USD 46.26 million has already been disbursed to the Member States.
Recently it has in-principle approved two energy infrastructure projects in the region with a loan commitment of USD 30 million under its Infrastructure Window, Motiwal said.
Other potential regional connectivity projects are under active consideration of the SDF to co-finance in SAARC Member States, he said.
SDF has already signed MoUs with Asian Development Bank, World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP, Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), South Asian University, SAARC Arbitration Council and SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry.All these MoUs capture the broad framework of collaboration and partnership for development of the region.
The SDF, established by eight SAARC Member States in April,2010, is the umbrella financial institution of SAARC projects and programs. SDF also works closely with most of the Multilateral Development Banks and International Financial Institutions within and outside the region.
(India News Stream Network)