ADB, WB approve fresh loans for Myanmar

ADB, WB approve fresh loans for Myanmar

PanARMENIAN.Net - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank have approved fresh loans for Myanmar to aid the social and economic development of the country, according to BBC News.

The ADB granted $512m (£325m), while the World Bank approved a $440m credit. The loans were made possible after Myanmar cleared overdue arrears to the two banks with the aid of Japan.

Myanmar has been implementing economic and political reforms, resulting in various sanctions against it being lifted.

"Myanmar has come a long way in its economic transformation, undertaking unprecedented reforms to improve people's lives, especially the poor and vulnerable," said Annette Dixon, country director for Myanmar at the World Bank.

The World Bank expects Myanmar’s economy to expand by 6.3% in the financial year 2012-13, up from 5.5% in the previous 12 months.

However, many analysts have said that for the country to be able to translate that potential into actual growth it needs increased investment in key sectors.

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The Energy Minister thanked “our friendly country, Armenia” and his Armenian counterpart “for providing a huge assistance”.
"There have been no new talks on gas exports to Europe, but there are routes and facilities which we need to use," Majedi said.
"We are particularly pleased by a 15 percent rise in lending to small and medium-sized businesses,” the bank’s financial director said.
It also signed 33 Reimbursable Advisory Service agreements with 11 countries in the region for a total amount of $45 million.
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