Uzbekistan’s energy and infrastructure gets $573m boost

An Asian bank is loaning $573 million (£469.2m) for four energy and infrastructure projects in Uzbekistan. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide $154 million (£126m) to establish energy efficient agricultural facilities, $121 million (£99m) to […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

An Asian bank is loaning $573 million (£469.2m) for four energy and infrastructure projects in Uzbekistan.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide $154 million (£126m) to establish energy efficient agricultural facilities, $121 million (£99m) to improve the water supply for more than three million people and $198 million (£162m) to upgrade around 77 kilometres of regional roads.

The final project will provide $100 million (£81.85m) to expand access to finance for rural and women-owned small businesses.

The bank is also planning to provide $2.6 billion (£2.1bn) in loans to the Central Asian nation between now and 2019 to further develop power generation and transmission, as well as transport, water, housing and finance mechanisms.

ADB is working with the government to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The bank is also financing the construction of a 100MW solar energy facility in the city of Samarkand.

Increasing air pollution in the country is expected to see a high mortality rate.