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CPEC Financing is Concessional

Date: December 30, 2018 Author: newsfeed.pk Category: General Press Information Department Tags: Short URL Comments: 0

Islamabad, December 30, 2018 (PPI-OT):Reference news appeared in a section of media alleging Pakistan has to pay China $40 billion on $ 26.5 billion CPEC investments in 20 years. It is clarified that infrastructure holds primary importance for economic growth and prosperity of Pakistan. Government of China has committed a total amount of US$ 6 billion concessional loans for 5 CPEC infrastructure projects. These are low interest rate preferential loans with 20 years tenor and five years of grace period.

Out of these committed loans US$ 4 billion has been received so far. In addition to this, Government of China has approved US$ 375 million grant projects which include mega infrastructure projects like Gwadar International Airport and Gwadar hospital. Similarly, Eastbay Expressway project is being financed through interest free loan of US$ 168 million.

The net effective rate of interest on CPEC infrastructure projects is around 2% per annum. It is clarified that these loans are scheduled to be repaid over a period of 20 years starting from 2022. The total amount to be repaid is US$ 7.457 billion which includes principal of US$ 6.035 billion and interest of US$ 1.422 billion with an annualized payment of US$ 350 million. The reports carried by a section of media are based on speculation and conjecture and are far away from facts.

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