Islamabad, Pakistan, May 14, 2015—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, today launched the Lighting Pakistan
program to help provide safe, affordable, high-quality lighting to more
than a million Pakistanis, easing the country's energy crisis.
IFC has established a series of quality standards – the Lighting Global
Quality Standards – for modern, off-grid lighting products. Lighting Pakistan,
works directly with lighting manufacturers and distributors, supporting
solar-powered products that meet these standards by connecting potential
partners, including microfinance institutions, and investing in consumer
education to raise awareness about solar technology.
“Controlling Pakistan’s energy crisis is the top priority of the government
and IFC’s program will ease the burden on the national grid and help millions
of people access lighting,” said Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Federal Minister
of Finance. “IFC’s focus on quality lighting products is supported by
the Government of Pakistan. We are in the process of adopting quality standards
for the import of solar products to ensure Pakistani consumers are protected
from poor quality products.”
Nadeem Siddiqui, IFC Country Manager in Pakistan, said: “Lighting Pakistan,
which aims to reach 1.5 million people, is part of IFC’s strategy of promoting
inclusive electrification in Pakistan, and is an important part of our
broader approach of targeted interventions in the power sector.”
The Pakistan Off-Grid Lighting Consumer Perceptions Study, released at
the launch, underscores the power challenge facing Pakistan. Based on interviews
with over 6,000 Pakistani households, the report finds that nearly 145
million people are severely impacted by the country's energy crisis.
“The report shows that many Pakistani households rely on an expensive
and low-quality mix of battery powered torches, kerosene, and candles that
do not meet their lighting needs and burns a hole in their pockets,” said
Liam Grealish, Program Manager, Lighting Pakistan. “The Lighting
Pakistan program will help raise awareness amongst these households about
alternatives including quality solar-powered lighting products.”
The program is supported by IFC’s development partners UKAID and Australia
AID. It is part of Lighting Global, a joint effort between IFC and the
World Bank under the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, and part of
IFC’s wider strategy to reduce greenhouse emissions and boost clean energy
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development
institution focused exclusively on the private sector. Working with private
enterprises in about 100 countries, we use our capital, expertise, and
influence to help eliminate extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.
In FY14, we provided more than $22 billion in financing to improve lives
in developing countries and tackle the most urgent challenges of development.
For more information, visit www.ifc.org.