World Bank Expected to Approve Second Credit Program for Reforming A

WORLD BANK EXPECTED TO APPROVE SECOND CREDIT PROGRAM FOR REFORMING ARMENIAN JUDICIARY

Armenpress

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 9, ARMENPRESS: The World Bank Board of Directors
is expected to approve March 8 a second credit to the government of
Armenia which it will use to continue judicial reforms. Besides the
credit which is $22.5 million, the government will also receive a $3
million grant from the government of Japan to back up the reforms.

Arthur Tunian, head of a special office set up to coordinate judicial
reform program, said 800 million U.S. Dollars will be released for
the preparatory stage. He said the money will be spent on repair
of court houses and construction of 15 new court buildings. He said
apart from improving conditions part of the money will be spend on
acquisition of computers and other equipment.

Another part of this money will be used to accomplish a program for
recording court hearings that was started by the first credit program
last year.

The first credit program had a budget of $11.5 million. Seven million
were spent on building new court houses and improving conditions in
another 14.

Part of that money was spent on purchase of computers and
equipment. The second credit program will target court houses outside
Yerevan.

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