The Syria Recovery Trust Fund (SRTF) has agreed to provide funding for a number of vital projects in the liberated areas, bringing to 148.4 million euros the value of projects approved by the Fund so far.
The decision was made during the 22nd regular meeting of the SRTF Management Unit (MU) which was held in the Czech capital of Prague on Thursday. The meeting was attended by representative of the Syrian National Coalition Hadi al-Bahra and representative of the Syrian Interim Government Yasser al-Hajjo.
The meeting focused on following up on the projects SRTF is funding in the liberated areas. Participants also discussed drafts for new projects.
Al-Bahra said that the meeting resulted in the approval of funding and budgets for projects in the liberated areas, pointing out that the implementation of these projects will reflect positively on the reality of services being provided to the population in those areas.
Al-Bahra pointed out that SIG is currently developing other projects for the liberated areas. “The international community has responsibility to achieve security and stability in the areas outside the control of the Assad regime, which will secure these areas and improve services as key to the return of IDPs and refugees.”
The projects included providing support for the Syrian Civil Defense’s efforts to clear rubble and landmines from eight towns and villages in Aleppo province. Funding was also provided to support a project to maintain the food warehouse and refrigerators of the local council in the town of Marea.
SRTF Management Unit also approved funding for a project for mobile clinics and a clean water supply for rural communities in Raqqa province. The total value of these projects is approximately 8.3 million euros.
The Syrian National Coalition chairs the Board of Directors of SRTF which was established in 2013. Members of the Fund comprise Germany, the United States, the United Arab Emirates, France, Kuwait, Japan, Denmark, Italy, Turkey, and Jordan. (Source: Syrian National Coalition’s Media Department)