WB issues loan to Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 19 / Trend I.Khalilova /
The Azerbaijani Government and the World Bank (WB) will sign a loan agreement for the Capital Market Modernization Project (CMMP) on Sept.21, the WB Baku office told Trend. The WB has allocated a loan worth $ 12 million to Azerbaijan for the realization.
"This project is a continuation of the WB support to strengthen and diversify the financial sector in Azerbaijan," the office said.
State Securities Committee Chairman Rufat Aslanli was authorized to sign a loan agreement on behalf of the Azerbaijani Government. WB Baku office head Joseph Owen will sign the document on the bank's behalf.
The project will be funded through credit resources of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD is part of the WB).
The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) will finance two components of the CMMP - improving the legal framework and development of new financial incentive instruments on the market. SECO approved the allocation of technical assistance worth $ 1.6 million for this project.
During the project realization, a particular attention will be paid to improving the legislative framework for the next stage and market infrastructure. Measures will be taken to stimulate demand and supply in the market.
The Bank's current portfolio in Azerbaijan makes up 20 projects worth $2.3 billion. Azerbaijan is a member of the World Bank since 1992.To date, Bank has allocated to Azerbaijan $ 2.9 billion in funding of 43 projects, due to which the country yield only to Turkey and Kazakhstan.