Islamabad, May 12, 2014
USAID to provide USD 90 million for the Rehabilitation of this Important Trade Route
Today U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson and Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhry signed a project implementation agreement to complete the N-25 highway connecting Chaman to Kalat through Quetta, Balochistan. The agreement provides $64 million to the Government of Pakistan for this crucial infrastructure project, with an additional $26 million to be allocated at a future date.
The rehabilitation of the highway will restore a major trade route between Afghanistan and the Central Asian states. The highway will also establish a vital link between Balochistan and the rest of Pakistan, reaching all the way to Karachi. It will help revitalize cities and communities along the highway, expand communication and transportation services, and improve access to basic health, education, and other social services.
“The United States is proud to partner with the Government of Pakistan in rebuilding essential infrastructure. When completed, this highway will become part of the growing legacy of partnership between our two nations, as it will serve the people of Pakistan for generations to come,” Ambassador Olson said at the signing.
Under the agreement, the United States, through USAID, will fund the construction of the remaining 111 kilometers needed to complete the 247 kilometer-long highway. Work on the project began in 2004, but was interrupted in 2010 because of security challenges in the area. The Pakistani National Highway Authority will be responsible for all construction and will work with stakeholders to ensure its completion.
The funding of the highway is one element of a comprehensive U.S. program in Pakistan to help restore essential public infrastructure in remote communities. To date, the United States has funded the construction and rehabilitation of nearly 900 kilometers of roads, including the four major trade routes between Pakistan and Afghanistan and the construction of 474 kilometers of roads in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.