Government, World Bank sign Rs 2.14 billion loan agreement

KATHMANDU: The government has signed an agreement with the World Bank (WB) for a second additional concessional loan of Rs 2.14 billion ($18 million).

Finance secretary Madhu Kumar Marasini and WB country director Faris Hadad-Zervos on behalf of their respective sides signed the agreement amidst a programme at the Ministry of Finance on Friday.

The Ministry said that the loan is for COVID- 19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness (CERHSP) Project. It hopes the use of the proposed loan assistance will further facilitate the expansion of the comprehensive vaccination campaign against COVID-19 by the government and will help in purchasing safe and effective vaccines for the age group above 5 years.

“Nepal has responded expeditiously to the continuously changing environment triggered by the pandemic. It has recorded impressive gains in both primary series COVID-19 vaccination for all populations: 12 years and above as well as booster doses for its most vulnerable populations. This second additional locan will support Nepal to scale-up its vaccination efforts to cover its child populations as well,” stated Marasini on the occasion.

According to the Ministry, the proposed second additional concessional loan and CERHSP project share a common objective of preventing, detecting, and responding to the threat posed by COVID-19 and strengthening the systems for public health preparedness in the nation. The CERHSP project and its additional financing will continue to be implemented under the leadership of the Ministry of Health and Population by the Department of Health Services and associated institutional bodies. RSS

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