World Bank funds Albania roads project

The World Bank has set aside USD20 million to support the Secondary and Local Roads Project in Albania. The credit will be used to encourage private sector involvement in maintaining and managing regional and local roads. “A recent survey noted that after employment and income, the majority of rural respondents considered poor road access as the biggest problem they faced, making it difficult to reach markets, providing no incentive to increase agricultural production, and inhibiting the delivery of health and education services,” the project’s task team leader, Martin Humphreys, stated. “This project represents a substantive first step to removing this impediment and making a real impact on the quality of life for rural inhabitants. It will also contribute to placing the management and financing of the regional and local road network on a sustainable path for the future.” (Press release: Secondary and Local Roads Project will improve the Quality of Life in Rural Albania/World Bank)

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