EC provides $44 mln to support Bangladesh's voter-registration projects
Friday, 14 December 2007

The European Commission (EC) is providing 30 million euros (about 44 million U.S. dollars) to finance Bangladesh's voter registration, local government reform and the activation of village courts.

Three contribution agreements to the effect were signed here Thursday, private news agency UNB reported quoting a release.

In response to a funding request from the Bangladesh government, the EC is providing 15 million euros (about 22 million U.S. dollars) for the preparation of a digital electoral roll with photographs, which will be used for local and next general election.

Improving access to justice for the poor and delivering public services efficiently through accountable local-government institutions are among the top priorities on the reform agenda of the Bangladesh government, the release said.

The EC will provide 10 million euros (about 14.7 million U.S. dollars) for the activation of village courts in the country, while another 5 million euros (about 7.4 million U.S. dollars) for strengthening the capacity of local governments and enhancing their accountability to local residents.


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