On the 10th of July, AFD and the 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.
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 the Republic of Uzbekistan, AFD and the European Union.
As the Ambassador of the European Union to Uzbekistan H.E. 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 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 Deputy Chairman of the State Committee for Ecology Mr. Islom Boqijonov, and Nature Protection confirms, “The pandemia of covid19 has been a big challenge for the entire world. Undoubtedly, the contribution of the representatives of health and local authorities is invaluable. In addition, there are representatives of another sector, who during the pandemic period are given up their security and are working day and night. They are workers of the Waste Management sector, which removes household wastes from our cities and districts. Performance of this sector representatives plays a crucial role in improving of health management system as well as overcome a pandemic situation“.
“The expansion of Covid19 is accelerating, it is critical that the public service of waste collection and management remains active. The fight against Covid19 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 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”.