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WB to provide loan of $515m for two projects

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The World Bank is set to provide a loan of $515 million financial assistance for two projects in the power transmission and insurance sectors in the country.

To this end, two separate agreements will be signed on Tuesday afternoon at the Economic Relations Division (ERD) in city's Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area, reports BSS.

An EDR official told the state-owned agency that ERD Additional Secretary Mahmuda Begum and Qimiao Fan, World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, will sign the agreements on eath other’s behalf.

Out of the total amount, the World Bank will provide $450 million for Enhancement and Strengthening of Power Transmission Network in Eastern Region Project.

The project will expand the electricity transmission network in the eastern region, covering greater Cumilla, Noakhali and part of greater Chattogram.

It will provide new electricity connections to some 275,000 households and 16,000 agricultural consumers and reduce power interruptions.

The project will also expand the existing grid network by building 13 new substations and rehabilitating an existing one.

It will also construct 290 kilometre and rehabilitate 157 kilometre of the existing transmission lines.

The project will enhance transmission capacity, ensure efficient evacuation of power, and improve grid operations. The World Bank board approved the project on March 29, 2018.

The Washington-based lending agency will also provide $65 million for Bangladesh Insurance Sector Development Project which will improve capacity of the state owned insurance corporations.

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