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The Working Group meeting

24-07-2010, 10:27, Saw: 464

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The Working Group established to coordinate the activities of Azerbaijan Rural Investment Project being implemented by the State Agency on Agricultural Credits had a meeting on July 23, 2010. The meeting was attended by the representatives of various ministries, Regional Grants Approval Committees (RGAC) and civil society including Umid Humanitarian Social Support Centre BP North Project Coordinator/Community Development Specialist Sabira Mehdiyeva, North-Western RGAC Chairman Galib Mirzayev, Nakhchivan RGAC Chairman Nuraddin Babayev, Chief Consultant of Regional Development Department, Ministry of Economic Development, Amil Alili, Chief Specialist of the Investments, Programs and Projects' Development Department of the Ministry of Agriculture Central Apparatus, Ali Valiyev, Head of Human Resources and General Service Department of State Agency on Agricultural Credits, Ilyas Gasimov and North RGAC Chairman Firdovsi Javadov. AzRIP Deputy Director and Community Development / Capacity Enhancement Manager Gulbaniz Ganbarova, Community Development Assistant Farman Hasanov and Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist Sardar Huseynov were also invited to represent AzRIP at the meeting. The meeting agenda included Community Projects' current status, the World Bank Task Team Supervision Missions, IV Inter-zone Cross Visits Session recently completed with administrative support of AzRIP PMU and miscellaneous. Mrs. Gulbaniz Ganbarova provided broad information about the AzRIP's estimable accomplishments and exceptional status among the many regional socio-economic development programs and wide scale reforms pursued under the leadership of Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, as well as project activities under the Original Project and its Additional Financing. She reported about the plan to implement about 250 community projects and that 155 communities are currently collaborating with AzRIP; 42 community projects have been completed and handed over during this quarter. Speaking about the successfully implemented projects and ongoing mobilization, training and community projects in the project zones, she also informed about the activities and achievements under Capacity Enhancement component and emphasized the IV Inter-zone Cross Visits Session successfully conducted in Guba-Ismayilly-Shamakhy-Barda-Goranboy-Gadabay-Tovuz-Ganja-Nakhchivan on June 06-14, 2010. One of the most interesting points in Mrs. Ganbarova's speech was about AzRIP's award in "Improving the Lives of People in Europe and Central Asia region"-2010 competition. It was mentioned that AzRIP was included in the list of 47 well conceived nominations from among hundred more of projects implemented in the Easter Europe and Central Asia region of the World Bank and became one of the twelve winners. Information about the World Bank Supervision Missions was also provided.

A chronological film demonstrating AzRIP operations was followed by questions of theparticipants to the speaker and Mrs. Ganbarova gave detailed and thorough answers to the questions. Then, the meeting participants approved the provided information on the current status of Community Projects and G. Ganbarova finalized the meeting with closing remark.

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