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5/7/05

Iran-World Bank cooperation confab opens on Kish island

Kish Island, May 7, IRNA-Iran-World Bank cooperation conference aiming to examine the relevant obstacles and executive strategies opened at Kish University on Saturday.

The conference is attended by the deputy minister of economic affairs and finance, director general of the World Bank (WB) for Middle East and North Africa as well as the executive officials of the relevant projects and the WB senior officials.

During the three-day event, the executive difficulties and obstacles facing the projects currently underway will be examined.

The director general of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance in charge of loans and foreign facilities said, "Currently we are facing executive difficulties and the facilities to be financed by the WB will give momentum to execution of the projects.

"The conference mainly aims to examine the obstacles and come up with proper solutions." He noted that the WB has allocated a 1.131-bn-dollar credit to eight projects already underway.

The relevant projects include reinforcement of the national health and nutrition network, promoting management of environment, reconstruction of quake-shattered areas in four northwestern provinces, renovating the urban structure and the housing sector as well as preparing the water and earth management.

Besides, Tehran sewage system, the water and sewage of the cities of Ahvaz and Shiraz in southern Iran as well as reconstruction of Bam quake-hit area are among the projects under construction.

The conference will continue up to Monday.

Official: Iran cooperating with WB for information, experience sharing

Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs and Finance Mohammad Khazaie said here Saturday that Tehran's goal in cooperating with the World Bank is not merely limited to securing finance, rather experience and information sharing.

Addressing a seminar on the executive problems and obstacles to cooperation with World Bank in this southern Iranian island, Khazaie said economic and international impacts of cooperation with the WB is among other objectives Tehran has been pursuing in cooperation with the Bank.

Khazaie said the WB is a well reputed international economic organization in the world, providing countries with financial facilities at the lowest rate.

He stressed that Iran's policy is not merely based on implementing the economic reforms demanded by the WB and thus far, whatever has been decided and enforced in the country, has been based on external factors.

Expressing dissatisfaction with the implementation of economic projects implemented in cooperation with the WB in Iran, Khazaie said the negative effects of this will affect Tehran-WB ties.

The reality is that those opposing Iran-WB cooperation plan to harm Iran in any possible way, he said.

He said Tehran plans to push the payment percentage to a favorable level and expedite the process of implementation of the projects.

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