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SAARC Development Fund to organise partnership conclave on July 2

New Delhi, July 1 (UNI) To augment its financial resources, the SAARC Development Fund (SDF) has organised a two day-event here beginning July 2, wherein it will engage with top multilateral institutions including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB).
SDF, which has just given in-principle approval for two infrastructure projects with a cumulative funding of USD 30 million aims to strengthen its financial resources for more such key infrastructure, economic and social projects in SAARC Member States through this partnership conclave.
The conclave will be inaugurated by NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant.
SAARC Member States commitment to the development of the SAARC region is clearly visible by the participation of its top officials at the partnership conclave for soliciting the maximum of support from the multilateral funding organisations for the region.

''Considering a huge funding requirement of the region; it is important for us to raise finances through different mechanisms for lending to projects which are vital for building infrastructure and poverty alleviation through faster economic development in the SAARC region,'' SDF Chief Executive Officer Sunil Motiwal said.
SDF is currently implementing 12 regional projects with more than 70 implementing and lead implementing agencies covering all the eight Member States under the Social Window funding.
''We have already committed USD 73.74 million for social window projects as of the date of which USD 46.26 million has already been disbursed to the Member States. Recently, we have in-principle approved two energy infrastructure projects in the region with a loan commitment of USD 30 million under our Infrastructure Window. Other potential regional connectivity projects are under our active consideration to co-finance in SAARC Member States,'' he said.
SDF has already signed MoUs with Asian Development Bank, World Bank, UNICEF, UNDP, Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), South Asian University, SAARC Arbitration Council and SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry. All these MoUs capture the broad framework of collaboration and partnership for the development of the region.
The SDF, established by eight SAARC Member States in April, 2010, is the umbrella financial institution of SAARC projects and programs. SDF also works closely with most of the Multilateral Development Banks and International Financial Institutions within and outside the region.
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