July 22, 2020 / 4:50 AM / 21 days ago

AIIB approves $250 million loan to Pakistan to fight COVID-19 impact

A paramedic wearing protective gear stands inside a glass booth as he keeps nasal swab samples in a box that were collected from people tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Karachi, Pakistan July 17, 2020. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro/Files

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) said on Wednesday it would lend $250 million to Pakistan to help the country deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project will be co-financed by the World Bank and will bolster a Pakistan government programme to strengthen health infrastructure, social safety nets, investment in human capital and economic growth, the AIIB said in a statement.

The AIIB has previously approved a loan of $500 million for Pakistan’s response to COVID-19. Both loans are part of the AIIB’s $10 billion funding facility to help public and private sectors fight the outbreak.

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Reporting by Gabriel Crossley; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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