Pakistan: Building Resilience with Countercyclical Expenditures (BRACE) Program (AIIB-000704)

  • South Asia
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  • Pakistan
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Financial Institutions
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
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Voting Date
Nov 9, 2022
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Islamic Republic of Pakistan
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  • Education and Health
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 500.00 million
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Loan Amount (USD)
$ 500.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 2,000.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AIIB website

Updated in EWS Jan 4, 2023

Disclosed by Bank Oct 26, 2022

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Project Description
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According to AIIB, the objective of the proposed BRACE program is to promote sound macroeconomic management and support deployment of countercyclical development expenditures to deal with combined adverse impacts of lingering COVID-19 pandemic, regional conflict and climate-induced flood disaster.

BRACE is proposed to be supported under the COVID-19 Crisis Recovery Facility (the Facility) of the Bank and co-financed with Asian Development Bank (ADB) as countercyclical assistance for prioritized expenditures under the ADB's Countercyclical Support Facility.

The Program constitutes one element of Pakistan's response to and recovery from the combined adverse impacts of COVID-19 pandemic, conflict and flood disaster, focusing on economic revitalization and crucial health and social sector spending. The Program, co-financed with ADB, will finance expenditure for strengthening social safety net and fiscal measures to support government's response to deal with the triple crises. Specifically, it will support measures for:

  • Social Protection: This will increase the number of beneficiaries for cash transfer under the national social protection program from 8 million to 9 million households, and fuel subsidies for vulnerable.
  • Food Security Measures:This component will provide grants for food security including food transportation and subsidization for urban poor, subsidy for fertilizers, subsidy on imported urea; and agriculture relief initiative (for seeds and tractors)
  • Support for Businesses:This component will supportKamyab JawanProgram (a youth vocational training, entrepreneurship, and employment initiative) as well as provide support for exporters.


The proposed Program will be co-financed with ADB as the lead co-financier, and the Program's environmental and social (ES) risks and impacts have been assessed in accordance with the ADB's SPS. The program is likely to have minimal or no adverse environmental and social impacts. To ensure a harmonized approach to address the environmental and social (ES) aspects of the Program, as permitted by AIIB's Environmental and Social Policy (ESP), ADB's Safeguards Policy Statement (SPS) will apply to the proposed Program in lieu of AIIB's ESP. The Bank has reviewed ADB's SPS and is satisfied that: (i) ADB's SPS is consistent with the Bank's Articles of Agreement and materially consistent with the provisions of the Bank's ESP; and (ii) the monitoring procedures that are in place are appropriate for the proposed Program.

Based on the ES assessments carried out according to ADB's SPS requirements, ADB has categorized this program as Category C for Environment, Involuntary Resettlement, and Indigenous Peoples (equivalent to Category C if AIIB ESP were applicable). The primary beneficiaries of the proposed Program will be the vulnerable groups and urban poor.

The program is proposed by ADB to be categorized as "effective gender mainstreaming" and focuses on mitigating negative effects of crises caused by macroeconomic vulnerabilities coupled with cumulative exogenous shocks on women and girls through the Countercyclical Development Expenditures Program. The program has a gender monitoring matrix to monitor the implementation of specific gender empowerment measures, the results of which will be included in the quarterly progress reports.

Investment Description
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Financing Plan:

• AIIB loan: USD 500 million

• ADB loan: USD 1,500 million

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Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Ghufran Shafi

Senior Investment Operations Specialist, Investment Operations Department, Region 2


Asian Development Bank

Sana Masood

Economist (Public Finance)


Nasira Batool

Joint Secretary,
Economic Affairs Division
Ministry of Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan


Aamir Nazir Gondal

Joint Secretary,
External Finance Policy, Ministry of Finance, Finance Division


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