Saudi Development fund unveiled solar power project for schools in Pakistan

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Saudi Arabia unveiled a solar power project which is designed to provide energy to 1,240 schools, which would help more than 135,000 students annually.

This project is funded by Saudi Arabia through the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) as a part of the Kingdom’s commitment to assist educational development programs. This is the Saudi Development Fund’s inaugural project, which is being carried out in partnership with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCDO).

The project, which is managed and supervised by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), was one of the most important projects in which the Kingdom contributed to the achievement of the fourth and seventh sustainable development goals (SDGs), which are related to quality education and clean energy.

Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki
Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki
Saudi ambassador  Pakistan

“We are pleased to cooperate with the government of Pakistan and with international organizations to achieve a decent life for the Pakistani people and achieve economic growth and prosperity in Pakistan, in accordance with the development and economic plans.”

The Solar energy panels are a part of the initiative to provide clean, sustainable, and renewable electricity in seven hard-to-reach communities of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The project shows the Kingdom’s desire to expand bilateral relations through increased cooperation and solidarity between the two countries’ governments and people.

The Saudi government, through the Saudi Fund for Development, has provided three grants worth $333 million for the implementation of 23 projects, 13 of which have been finished and the rest are in progress. In addition, the fund has financed about $1.2 billion to 21 development projects, 12 of which have been finished and 9 of which are currently being implemented.

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