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WB examining progress of water projects in Azerbaijan

Business Materials 5 December 2016 15:49

Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 5

By Azad Hasanli – Trend:

A mission of the World Bank (WB) has arrived in Baku to witness the implementation process of water projects in Azerbaijan, the WB Baku office told Trend Dec. 5.

The mission is headed by Michael Haney, WB practice manager, water global practice for Central Asia, Caucasus, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The mission will be in Baku until Dec. 7, said the WB Baku office, adding that during the visit, the experts plan to become familiarized with the implementation of WB’s water projects in Azerbaijan, hold meetings at the country’s water management organizations, as well as with Deputy Prime Minister Abid Sharifov.

Currently, Azerbaijan and the WB implement two water projects in the country. These are the Second National Water Supply and Sanitation Project and the Water Users Association Development Support Project.

The cost of the Second National Water Supply and Sanitation Project is $410 million and additional $234 million were allocated as part of additional financing. It is expected that the project’s implementation will be completed in late 2017.

Meanwhile, $114.3 million were allocated for the implementation of the Water Users Association Development Support Project. The project’s aim is to improve the effectiveness and financial viability of on-farm irrigation water distribution and management in the project area. The project should be completed in June 2017.

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