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Conference on the results of Azerbaijan Rural Investment Project

22-07-2009, 11:19, Saw: 411

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Conference on the results of Azerbaijan Rural Investment Project implemented by the State Agency on Agricultural Credits under the Ministry of Agriculture was held in Baku on July 21, 2009. The conference organized by the World Bank and Azerbaijan Rural Investment Project was the result and indicator of successful implementation and productive work of AzRIP that achieved its goal to improve living standards and access to infrastructure services by investing community projects under the slogan “We invest for community self-reliance and development!”

Overview of successful implementation of intended action plan in Mughan-Salyan, Lower Shirvan, Nakhchivan zones and experience gained under capacity enhancement and project management components during 2005-2008 years, as well as presentations of new project zones were made during the conference. It was also start-up for the execution of AzRIP Additional Financing Agreement to expand project activities to North and West parts of the country and continue in Nakhchivan zone. This conference on the results of AzRIP - one of the projects implemented for dynamic social development of country eco nomy was facilitated by Satoshi Ishihara, the World Bank Task Team Leader for AzRIP and brought together the representatives of Parliament, local authorities, donor and non-governmental organizations and beneficiary communities. The World Bank Country Manager Gregory Jedrzejczak, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Ilham Guliyev and Director of the Department for Coordination of Loans, Technical Assistance and Grants of the Cabinet of Ministers Nail Fataliyev emphasized unexampled services of AzRIP which is one of the reform programs pursued in the country under the leadership of the President of Azerbaijan Republic Mr. Ilham Aliyev. AzRIP Director Subhan Asgarov, Deputy Director and Community Development / Capacity Enhancement Manager Gulbaniz Ganbarova spoke about the successful implementation of the mission to reduce poverty and improve living standards and welfare of rural population in the communities, estimable performance and gained achievements during 2005-2008. Yevlakh rayon Balchily community leader Khosrov Murguzov and Saatly rayon Kamally Municipal chairman Ahliman Teymurov made community presentations too. Discussions were followed by a film representing AzRIP activities. Satoshi Ishihara’s speech on “AzRIP Additional Financing – expectations” was continued by discussions session facilitated by Rufiz Chiragzade and Gulbaniz Ganbarova and AzRIP best practices were presented in three parallel groups within community networking program. Program Specialists Farida Eminova (Mughan-Salyan), Kamala Aghayeva (Lower Shirvan) and Abulfat Ahmadov (Nakhchivan) provided detailed information about community projects, their implementation, operation and maintenance, dissemination of best practices and lessons learned for community integration and development, establishment of business relations, cross benefiting and at the end, planned community projects. Conference was then continued by awarding winners and wrap up sessions in plenary.

Media representatives participating at the conference prepared news about the event, “AzerTaj”, “Turan”, “Interfax” and other news agencies disseminated information and reportages were telecasted by TV channels on the same evening.

Workshop on the results of Azerbaijan Rural Investment Project was also memorized by masterly made models of the most successful community projects, photo-stands reflecting the completed projects and exhibited information boards placed on the foyer of conference hall and attracted great interest of participants.

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