Central Asia (Aid)

International Development written question – answered on 19th December 2005.

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Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands Conservative, Hammersmith and Fulham

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what plans he has for UK bilateral aid to (a) Tajikistan and (b) Kyrgzystan between 2005–06 and 2007–08.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Party Chair, Co-operative Party

In 2005–06, DFID has committed £3 million to Tajikistan and £5.6 million to the Kyrgyz Republic in bilateral aid. In addition, we have agreed a £7 million contribution to a 5 year multi-donor programme of support to the health sector in the Kyrgyz Republic, the first £3 million of which we hope to disburse in 2005–06. We have also committed £6.4 million to a regional programme to combat HIV/AIDS in Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Uzbekistan between 2005–06 and 2008–09. This includes £1.8 million in bilateral support to each country and a £1 million contribution to a World Bank regional project.

DFID has not yet finalised bilateral aid allocations for 2006–07 and 2007–08. We plan to increase our allocations to Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic, which are the two poorest countries in Central Asia. We have strengthened the DFID office in the Kyrgyz Republic and are doing so in Tajikistan, to enable us to engage more effectively with governments and donors and to increase the scope and impact of our programmes.

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