The Asian Development Bank (ADB) committed to providing nearly USD 4 billion in sovereign loans to India in 2018, the highest level of assistance since sovereign operations began in the country in 1986, said the annual report of the multilateral lending agency.
In total, ADB, owned by 68 member countries, committed a total of USD 3.88 billion, including sovereign loans and co-financing during the year ended December 2018.
The demand for ADB assistance continued to grow in 2018. New commitments included USD 21.6 billion in loans, grants and investments from ADB’s own resources, exceeding the target of USD 19.71 billion and up 10 percent from 2017, said the report.
Private sector operations reached USD 3.14 billion, a 37 percent increase from 2017, which is 14.5 percent of ADB’s overall commitment. The lending agency also successfully mobilised USD 14 billion in co-financing from bilateral and multilateral agencies and other financing partners, including USD 7.17 billion in co-financing from ADB’s private sector operations.
“In India, ADB committed USD 3 billion in sovereign loans in 2018, the highest level of assistance since sovereign operations began in the country,” the report said.
The report also noted that in India, ADB provided a USD 100-million loan to Ostro Kutch Wind, a renewable energy company owned by investment funds under the management of Actis Capital, for constructing and operating a 250-megawatt wind power project in Gujarat.
In March 2018, ADB signed a cooperation arrangement with the International Solar Alliance, headquartered in India, to promote solar energy deployment across Asia and the Pacific, particularly in South Asia. The arrangement includes support for solar power generation, solar-based mini-grids, and transmission systems for integrating solar energy into grids. The alliance’s major objectives include global deployment of over 1,000 gigawatts of solar generation capacity and investment of over USD 1 trillion into solar energy by 2030.
“ADB continued to deliver on its climate commitments in 2018 with USD 3.6 billion in financing approved. It is on target to double its annual climate financing to USD 6 billion in approvals by 2020,” the report added.
Originally posted on iamrenew.com