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EU, French Development Agency support Uzbekistan in dealing with COVID-19 consequences

15 July 2020

The French Development Agency (AFD) and the European Union (EU) have approved the financing in the amount of 1.5 million euro to support immediate short term measures of the “Covid-19 Action Plan” established by the Maroqand Obod Company, which is Samarkand city leading enterprise in the waste management sector, the Delegation of the European Union to Uzbekistan said.

It aims at improving the management of medical wastes in the city of Samarkand, and the safety of workers active in the management of solid waste in the city of Samarkand, on the frontline of the crisis management. The Action Plan has been developed with the Assistance of the French Consulting Company Seureca, implementing technical assistance to Maroqand Obod, in the framework of the Project “Modernization of the Integrated Solid Waste Management of the City of Samarkand” co-financed by the government of Uzbekistan, AFD and the European Union.

As the Ambassador of the European Union to Uzbekistan Eduards Stiprais highlighted: “Uzbekistan government is taking critical steps to save the economy and support small and medium enterprises. I am sure that we will achieve great results only with joint efforts. The EU will continue to support the government of Uzbekistan by providing additional financial assistance and by redirecting money already available to solve the most urgent problems associated with the current COVID-19 crisis”.

The Director of the SUE Maroqand Obod, Mr. Sharxon Nasimov underlined that “The biggest contribution that domestic waste collectors can make to the fight against COVID-19 is the removal of toxic medical waste in the prescribed manner and in accordance with sanitary regulations. On behalf of the people of Samarkand, I would like to express my gratitude for the cooperation and assistance provided by AFD and the EU in the implementation of these measures”.

“The expansion of COVID-19 is accelerating, it is critical that the public service of waste collection and management remains active. The fight against COVID-19 involves a proper management of medical waste. Workers of the waste sector are on the front-line, they very much exposed to contamination and AFD welcomes all measures put in place by SUE Marokand Obod and the State Committee for Ecology and Environmental Protection (SCEEP) to ensure their safety, and enhancement of their capacity,” said Mr. Raphaël Jozan, Head of AFD Tashkent regional office. “Uzbekistan shows once more its leadership in terms of crisis management, with exemplary measures and strategy that will inspire partners in the region.”