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IFC Helps Improve Infrastructure in Moldova’s Capital City


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Slobodan Brkic

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Chisinau, Moldova, November 15, 2010—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has signed a $10 million loan agreement with Moldova’s capital city of Chisinau, to help finance the most urgent water supply and sewerage needs, as well as streets.

“Chisinau managed to stabilize its budgetary performance despite economic problems during the past couple of years and began to mobilize resources for modernizing its deteriorated infrastructure,” said Dorin Chirtoacă, Mayor of Chisinau. “As a result, new customers in the suburban areas of the city will be connected to the centralized water supply and sewerage systems.”


In addition, capital repairs of several central streets in Chisinau will benefit public transportation users and drivers by lowering operating costs for vehicles and conserving road network assets.


“Our investment will improve access to basic water and wastewater infrastructure for some 100,000 people living in the central and suburban areas of the capital of Moldova,” said Dimitris Tsitsiragos, IFC Director for Middle East, North Africa, and Southern Europe. “A substantial portion of the population of Chisinau will benefit from reduced service interruption and improved roads in the city.”


This long-term financing reflects IFC’s strategic focus on enabling investments in municipal infrastructure in low-income countries and supporting adequately performing and reform-oriented local governments.


About IFC

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries. We create opportunity for people to escape poverty and improve their lives. We do so by providing financing to help businesses employ more people and supply essential services, by mobilizing capital from others, and by delivering advisory services to ensure sustainable development. In a time of global economic uncertainty, our new investments climbed to a record $18 billion in fiscal 2010. For more information, visit
www.ifc.org.