AIIB Approves EUR661.8-M Loan to Support Kazakhstan’s Pandemic Response

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s (AIIB) Board of Directors has approved a loan of EUR661.8 million (approximately USD750 million equivalent) to provide budgetary support to the Government of Kazakhstan in mitigating the adverse impacts of COVID-19 on the health, income and economic opportunities of the country’s population.

The pandemic is disrupting Kazakhstan’s economic activities. Employment and livelihoods are adversely impacted, particularly among the poor and vulnerable. Women are likely most affected as they account for more than 65 percent of the labor force in hard-hit sectors including hospitality, education and retail trade. The oil price shock has significantly brought down export revenues. Without a fiscal response, the economy is expected to contract in real terms by 5.5 percent in 2020. Poverty rates may reach 11-13 percent from the current 6.6 percent level.

Funding agencies: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Countries: Kazakhstan

Published: 2020-07-07

Sectors: Health