May 19, 2014

World Bank grants 80 mln USD for community development in Myanmar

World Bank has granted 80 million U. S. dollars for Myanmar National Community Development projects in three townships in Myanmar, official media reported Saturday.

The work of the 86.3-million U.S. dollars project is now underway in Kanpetlet in Chin State, Namhsam in Shan State and Kyunsu in Taninthayi Region, said the New Light of Myanmar.

The six-year project, the first World Bank project in 25 years in Myanmar, started in March and will be in its first year -- covering 400 villages in three rural townships, including remote areas in Shan State, the report said.

According to the World Bank, five more townships will be added in the second year and seven in the third year of the project.

Over the next two years, 15 of Myanmar's 330 townships will benefit from the project.

During the first year of its operation, the project will benefit people in a given township, with work planned in a wide range of areas, including inter-urban roads and highways, water, sanitation and flood protection, irrigation and drainage, health and education.

In subsequent years, local people will be able to choose the type of public infrastructure they wish to build or upgrade.

Sources: Xinhua