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On March 14, 2015, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Azersu Open Joint Stock Company co-hosted an event dedicated to the successful completion of the Project “A Total Solution of Water Shortage for Absheron Peninsula: Establishment of Water Supply and Sanitation System in Kurdakhani settlement in the Absheron Peninsula” .
The event were attended by the Chairman of Azersu OJSC, Mr. Gorkhmaz Huseynov, ambassador of the Korean Republic to Azerbaijan, Mr. Choi Suk-Inn, Vice-President of the KOICA HQ, Mr. Kim In, Resident Representative of the KOICA Office in Azerbaijan, Ms. Kim Eun Suk, Head of Sabunchu region Executive Power, Mr. Adil Veliyev and other government officials from the relevant bodies. During the official part of the ceremony, the guests were informed about the project and its benefits. Afterwards, the guests took a brief tour to the newly established water supply and sanitation system.
In his opening speech Gorkhmaz Huseynov, the Chairman of Azersu OJSC, noted that they celebrate the completion and inauguration of the newly established water and sanitation system in Kurdakhani Settlement, expressed his gratitude toward the KOICA and the Azersu OJSC staff for successful implementation of the project and the Korean Government for all work done within the project. He also mentioned that the project perfectly fits the state development program which encourages creating a reliable water supply system in the regional towns and villages by using local springs and ground water source.
The chairman also gave brief information about the project, noted that the Grant Agreement on the Project “Establishment of Water Supply and Sanitation System in Kurdakhani settlement in the Absheron Peninsula” was signed in October 2011 between the Korean and Azerbaijan Government. He stressed out the important role of the KOICA in implementation of the project and noted that the new water and sanitation system will better the quality of water and sanitation system. In his speech, the chairman thanked the Korean ambassador and the KOICA for their activities in Azerbaijan.
In his turn, the Korean ambassador to Azerbaijan Mr. Choi Suk Inn expressed his pleasure on successful implementation of the project and stressed that this project was implemented as a grant project supported by the Korean Government and it is not only strengthening bilateral relations between Korea and Azerbaijan, but also improving the lives of local people. He emphasized the importance of water and noted that it is the most essential resource for all industries. The ambassador expressed his gratitude to Mr. Gorkhmaz Huseynov for his support for the project and extended his best wishes to the chairman for a successful trip to Korea as a head of delegation from Azerbaijan to attend the 7th World Water Forum to be held in Korea next month.
The Vice-President of the KOICA HQ, Mr. Kim In noted this project has been carried out as a part of Korean Government’s East Asia Climate Partnership to solve the problem of water shortage in the Absheron Peninsula and the KOICA and the Azersu OJSC have cooperated and successfully completed the grant project. Mr. Kim also said this project will provide the local population with stable water supply who faced chronic water shortage. Furthermore, he noted that Korea and Azerbaijan signed a loan agreement for the “Construction of Pirshagi Sewage Treatment Plant”, and he expressed that he believes the effectiveness of this project will be maximized and wishes it will become Korea’s landmark official development assistance (ODA) project.
Head of Sabunchu region Executive power Adil Valiyev noted that construction of water supply and sewerage infrastructures of the settlement will play great role in socioeconomic life of the local population. Mr. Valiyev also thanked the KOICA and implementing contractors for the successful completion of the project.
After the ceremony, the representatives of the both governments paid visit to Azersu Training Center in Hovsan, where the KOICA has provided ICT equipment such as computers, TVs, and etc. to support the capacity building of local public officials and Azersu staff.
The Grant Agreement on the Project “Establishment of Water Supply and Sanitation System in Kurdakhani settlement in the Absheron Peninsula” with the budget of USD 26,18 million was signed between Korea and Azerbaijan Government in 2011. The project is designed for improvement of water supply and sanitation systems of 5,000 households taking into account the prospect development of Kurdakhani as of 2035.