Manila, 24 February 2022 (TDI): ADB, or the Asian Development Bank has approved a 273.5 $ million loan to reconstruct and upgrade national roads in Uzbekistan that are vital to regional connectivity.

Asian Development Bank Project will upgrade around 106 KM of the country’s road between Denau and Derbent in the Surkhandarya region. In addition, it will complete the rebuilding of around 87 Km of the Guzar-Bukhara Nukus-Beyneu (A-380) highway.

The A-380 is part of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) corridor 2, which connects Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, the Russian Federation, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

The development project will extend the roads using low-maintenance concrete pavement along with improving their condition to significantly minimize the travel time and vehicle process cost.

It will upgrade alignments and junctions, provide bus-stop shelters along with improving ordinary services. Likewise, it will add clearer signage and other safety feature.

Two weigh-in-motion structures will also be installed near Derbent and Denau areas to avoid automobile overcapacity and prevent pavement damage.

The project is comprised of 150,000 $ technical support to the economic recovery of female entrepreneurs in the development groups from the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This will be ensured by providing skills and training in financial literacy, online marketing, as well as entrepreneurship growth among others.

“As a double-landlocked country, reliable road networks that facilitate trade and transport with neighboring countries are vital to Uzbekistan’s economic growth,” said ADB Director General for Central and West Asia Yevgeniy Zhukov.

“Asian Development Bank is dedicated to facilitating the regime efforts to make its state roads better, safe, and more climate-resilient this will help understand Uzbekistan possible as a regional transport and logistics center.”

Asian Development Bank is dedicated to attaining a prosperous, comprehensive, strong, as well as sustainable Asia and the Pacific region while ensuring to sustain its efforts for the elimination of extreme poverty.