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German Government Allocates Additional Funding for Adjara Water Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project

Published: August 18, 2011 | 9:36 pm
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Third phase of water supply project in Batumi and Adjara’s villages has been launched. On August 18 three grant and one credit agreements with the value of Euros 39 million were signed with German Development Bank (KFW) at Batumi Justice House. The official signing ceremony was attended by Jörg Asmussen, State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry of Finance. It’s Asmussen’s first visit in Georgia in order to get acknowledged with further cooperation issues between the governments of the two countries.

The agreement was signed by Dimitri Gvindadze, the Minister of Finance of Georgia, Eva Witt, Vice-President of KfW Development Bank and Norbert Kloppenburg, Member of the Managing Board of KfW.

Adjara water supply program supported by the German government is implemented in three phases. The first two phases are being conducted currently and envision water supply and sewerage system rehabilitation, also water reservoir and cleaning construction building in Batumi, including sewerage system creation in Adjara’s villages like gonio, Kvariati, Sarpi and Alkahsopeli. Rehabilitation works are already completed in old Batumi, allowing 2 hour water supply there. Euros 66 million have already been allocated for the rehabilitation works by KFW.

The third phase of the project envisions KFW funding of Euros 20 million as long-term credit and the rest- as grant resource with the value of Euros 15 million. KFW will also administrate Euros 4 million grant issued by the European Union (EU) for this project. Georgia’s co-financing contribution makes Euros 5 million.

After the completion of the project Batumi will have 24 hour water supply. In addition, water supply system will be modernized in three villages: Chakvi, Mtsvane Kontskhi and Makhinjauri.

The project also envisions sewerage system creation in Adlia, thus making Black Sea coast in Batumi and the surrounding area safe.

In the end, all this effort will contribute to better tourism sector development in the region by increasing service quality and growing private investments.

 

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