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:
ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL INFORMATION
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.
• AIIB loan: USD 500 million
• ADB loan: USD 1,500 million
PROJECT TEAM LEADERS
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
Senior Investment Operations Specialist, Investment Operations Department, Region 2
Asian Development Bank
Economist (Public Finance)
Economic Affairs Division
Ministry of Finance, Revenue & Economic Affairs
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Aamir Nazir Gondal
External Finance Policy, Ministry of Finance, Finance Division
ACCESS TO INFORMATION
You can submit an information request for project information at: https://www.aiib.org/en/contact/information-request/index.html
ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF AIIB
The AIIB has established the Accountability Mechanism for Project-Affected People (PPM). The PPM provides Òan opportunity for an independent and impartial review of submissions from Project-affected people who believe they have been or are likely to be adversely affected by AIIBÕs failure to implement the ESP in situations when their concerns cannot be addressed satisfactorily through Project level GRMs or AIIB Management processes.Ó Two or more project-affected people can file a complaint. Under the current AIIB policy, when the bank co-finances a project with another development bank, it may apply the other bank's standards. You can refer to the Project Summary Information document to find out which standards apply. You can learn more about the PPM and how to file a complaint at: https://www.aiib.org/en/about-aiib/who-we-are/project-affected-peoples-mechanism/how-we-assist-you/index.html
The complaint submission form can be accessed in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Bengali, Chinese, English, Tagalog, Hindi, Nepali, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu. The submission form can be found at: https://www.aiib.org/en/about-aiib/who-we-are/project-affected-peoples-mechanism/submission/index.html