A 5-member delegation of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) called on Chairman WAPDA Engineer Lt Gen Sajjad Ghani (Retd) today. The delegation was comprised of Executive Director for Pakistan Noor Ahmed, the Executive Director for Japan Takahiro Yasui, Executive Director for People’s Republic of China Veihua Liu, Executive Director for Korea Sangmin Ryu and Director’s Advisor Ronald Ray San Juan.
The matters relating to development priorities, roadmap and financing of WAPDA projects were discussed during the meeting. Member Finance WAPDA Naveed Asghar Chaudhry and Member Power WAPDA Engineer Jamil Akhtar were also present on the occasion.
The delegation was briefed about the low-cost, clean and green energy generation plan, WAPDA is implementing on priority to minimize dependance on costly thermal electricity being generated on imported fuel and counter its adverse impact on the environment. The delegation was also apprised of WAPDA’s asset base, financial streams and innovative strategy to arrange funds for construction of its projects. Besides discussing under-construction WAPDA projects, Diamer Basha Dam and Mohmand Dam Hydropower Project in particular, portfolio of the projects, which are ready for initiating construction work namely Thakot and Pattan, was also presented to the delegation for Projects Readiness Financing by the ADB. The delegation was also briefed about the excellent financing opportunities in WAPDA projects.