During project preparation, Sri Lanka’s power sector was struggling to meet the demand for a reliable and affordable supply of electricity and improvements to the electricity transmission and distribution networks were much needed.
In May 2005, the government of Pakistan began implementing a series of integrated activities to ensure adequate power supply to meet the projected 8% annual economic growth set out in its Medium-Term Development Framework, 2005−2010.
At the request of the government of Pakistan, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved an $810 million multitranche financing facility (MFF) for the Power Distribution Enhancement Investment Program in September 2008. The approved MFF amount, to be provided in four tranches, represented 15.6% of the country’s total power distribution sector investment plan for 2008–2017. The investment plan
Electricity is a key driver of economic growth and poverty reduction. Recognizing this, the government of India declared providing electricity to all households at an affordable price by 2012 as its mission and announced the Power for All by 2012 policy.