KATHMANDU, Sept 5: The government has signed a financing agreement with the World Bank today for an additional grant of US$10.85 million to the School Sector Development Program (SSDP) to maintain access to basic education and continued learning for children amid the COVID-19 crisis.
In an email interview with Republica, Faris Hadad-Zervos, World Bank Country Director for the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, explains the framework along with other issues like the World Bank’s support to Nepal and how the government should manage its resources during this crisis:
KATHMANDU, July 20: The government with the support of the World Bank launched a project titled ‘Youth Employment Transformation Initiative’ on Monday. The US $120 million project will be implemented over the next four years with a focus on improving employment services and labor market outcomes, especially for youth.
KATHMANDU, June 24: Government of Nepal and the World Bank Board signed a Development Policy Credit of 100 million US dollars today to improve the financial viability and governance of the energy sector and recover from the Covid-19 crisis. The agreement was signed by Finance Secretary, Sishir Kumar Dhungana and World Bank Country Manager for Nepal, Faris Hadad-Zervos.
KATHMANDU, May 18: Three United Nations agencies and the World Bank have issued new guidelines on the safe reopening of schools amidst the ongoing closure that has affected nearly 1.3 billion students worldwide.
KATHMANDU, April 12: Nepal's economic growth is expected to fall to a range between 1.5 and 2.8 percent in the Fiscal Year 2020 reflecting lower remittances, trade and tourism, and broader disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the World Bank said on Sunday.
NAIROBI, April 9: The rapidly-spreading coronavirus outbreak is expected to push sub-Saharan Africa into recession in 2020 for the first time in 25 years, the World Bank said in a new forecast on Thursday.
KATHMANDU, April 8: The World Bank has approved a fast-track US$ 29 million COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project to help Nepal prevent, detect, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen its public health preparedness. According to World Bank officials, the agreement was signed today by the Ministry of Finance and the World Bank.
Last month, some of us met visiting executive directors of the World Bank in Kathmandu. The fact that nine of 25 EDs came to Nepal demonstrated a level of curiosity the bank has about Nepal now. Nepal also seems to be increasing its engagement with the bank by entering into new loan agreements and starting new projects. Given the prevalence of both cost and time overrun in most of the projects in Nepal, one of the topics of discussion was “science of delivery”—how to improve the delivery of projects in Nepal.
KATHMANDU, Nov 8: After decade-long preparations, Nepal is set to sign a deal next month with World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) unlocking potentials to attract up to US$ 45 million until 2025. The Emissions Reduction Payment Agreement (ERPA) will help the government, communities, and stakeholders to reduce deforestation and forest degradation.
Nepal’s ranking in World Bank’s Doing Business (DB) improved from last year’s 110th to 94th, mainly due to the improved scores in getting credit, trading across borders, and dealing with construction permit sub indicators. This news brought much needed joy to the finance ministry beset with the increasing criticism of how it has hitherto handled economy. The finance minister was said to be “giddy”, according to an expatriate living in Kathmandu who met him after the ranking came out, and a news conference was organized in the ministry the next day. The ranking, which had remained more or less constant for more than 10 years (see the graph), suddenly seemed to be moving in the right direction. The ministry officials rightly promised to create a momentum and improve the ranking in the years to come.
KATHMANDU, Nov 2: A delegation of nine executive directors out of a total of 25 along with two alternative executive directors of the World Bank Group Executive Directors (EDs) visited Nepal from October 29 to November 1.
KATHMANDU, Oct 17: Billions of rupees have been spent in the last six decades in the name of the poor and various training. However, nearly one-fifth of Nepal’s population lives below the poverty line (those earning less than $1.90 per day, as per the World Bank).
BRUSSELS, July 3: European Union governments picked Bulgaria’s Kristalina Georgieva as the bloc’s candidate to lead the International Monetary Fund after more than 12 hours of talks on Friday that highlighted the EU’s internal divisions.
BEIJING, July 23: The Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has dropped plans to finance a new capital for the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, after the World Bank pulled its support on Friday.
KATHMANDU, July 12: The World Bank has renewed support to the Government of Nepal under the Second Programmatic Fiscal and Public Financial Management Development Policy Credit Project.
Issuing a press statement, the bank said that the support is to strengthen the country’s efforts towards fiscal federalism and improving public financial management.
KATHMANDU, June 7: Minister for Water Supply Bina Magar has asserted that the government was committed to providing basic drinking water facility to as many as 92 per cent of the total population by the end of next fiscal year 2019/20.
KATHMANDU, June 7: Nepal has the potential to double its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita in the long run if it achieves the benchmarks of complete education and full health, the latest report of the World Bank states.
KATHMANDU, May 23: The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) on Monday registered a case filed by Axiata UK and Ncell against the government of Nepal over capital gains tax levied by the tax authorities in Nepal, according to the ICSID website. The entity is part of the World Bank Group.
BRUSSELS – Critics have called new World Bank president David Malpass an arsonist in charge of a fire department, because of past comments he made on Bank salaries and loans to China. But it’s far more important to focus on improving progress toward the World Bank’s core mission of ending extreme poverty.
JOHANNESBURG, April 11: The World Bank estimates the direct economic losses from Cyclone Idai in Mozambique to range from $656 million-$773 million (590.26 million pounds), covering damage to buildings, infrastructure and agriculture, a note sent out via the United Nations said on Thursday.
KATHMANDU, Feb 1: The World Bank has approved a grant of US$ 5.61 million, approximately Rs 637 million, and an additional $2 million, or nearly Rs 226.96 million, in loan from its Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) to help Nepal diversify its energy sources to renewables.
KATHMANDU, Jan 11: The World Bank has made an upward revision of Nepal’s economic growth projection to 5.9 percent in the current Fiscal Year 2018/19, up from its earlier forecast of 4.5 percent in June 2018.
KATHMANDU, Nov 18: Criticizing the World Bank Group's Doing Business Report 2019 that sent Nepal's performance in the global ranking five spots down, Minister for Finance Yuba Raj Khatiwada has vowed to make the Washington-based multilateral development bank review its ranking for the country.