History

WCAP, Water Sector Capacity Building and Advisory Services Project, a decade long project was started in 2008 under the command of then Ministry of Water and Power and now Ministry of Water Resources. WCAP was conceived to meet the huge challenge in development and management of water resources, in particular of the Indus Basin through provision of high levels of administrative, engineering and scientific capabilities. The project is funded by the World Bank through an IDA Credit and is in its second phase. The World Bank has a long history of partnership and collaboration with Pakistan. In particular, the Bank is seen as trusted partner in the water sector and a coordinator for international financial institutions and other development partners. As a key partner and principal donor, it is has provided support to several main interventions in the development of the Indus Basin Irrigation System (IBIS). The Government of Pakistan has received a credit of USD 38 Million for phase-I from the World Bank towards funding Indus 21 WCAP, which was approved by the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) on November 6, 2008. The duration of Phase-I was from September 22, 2008 to February 5, 2016. After the successful completion of Phase-I, the World Bank has approved a credit of USD 34.95 Million for Phase-II of WCAP. The PC-II for phase-II was approved by ECNEC on January 12, 2015 and duration of  Phase II is from February 5, 2016 to June 31, 2021.