Azerbaijan, WB ink credit agreement

By: Amina Nazarli

Azerbaijan and World Bank (WB) has signed a credit agreement “Judicial services and smart infrastructure” project (JSSIP).

The agreement was signed by Fikret Mammadov, a Justice Minister and Larisa Leshchenko, the World Bank Country Manager for Azerbaijan.

The total project cost is $200 million including funding from World Bank an amount of $100 million and Azerbaijani government source in $100 million.

The realization of the project is planned till December 31, 2018.

JSSIP constitutes a second phase of World Bank support for Azerbaijan’s efforts to improve the performance of its justice sector and strengthen access to justice, especially for the vulnerable. The project is designed to sustain Azerbaijan’s justice sector modernization by expanding access, strengthening due process, and ensuring transparency in the delivery of key justice and legal services.

The Project has four components that will upgrade e-justice services, such as case filing and case management systems; improving business registry and inspections, and enforcement of judicial decisions; improving information technology capabilities of the justice sector; and expansion and modernization of judicial infrastructure.

In the framework of the project it is also planned to build a new court complex, the widespread use of electronic court system and other advanced information technologies, training of the judiciary and judges, increasing citizens’ awareness of different areas of law and other activities.

The current World Bank investment portfolio in Azerbaijan includes 17 projects. Since joining the World Bank in 1992, commitments to the country have totaled over $3 billion for 54 projects

SOURCE: AZER NEWS

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