Uzbekistan gets about 1-bln-USD World Bank loan for strategic reforms

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The World Bank has approved a financial support package to Uzbekistan comprised of 470-million-U.S.-dollar highly concessional loans and 480-million-U.S.-dollar low-cost loans, the lender’s office in Tashkent said on Saturday, APA reports citing Xinhua.

The financing will support “an inclusive transition to a private-sector-led economy by strengthening market institutions and ensuring all citizens take part in the benefits of economic growth” in Uzbekistan, it said.

These funds will be provided by the World Bank’s two sovereign lending institutions — the International Development Association and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

The financing will support reforms to establish a new National Social Protection Strategy, and expand publicly funded maternity benefits to private sector employees, according to the bank.