Two controversial loans worth more than US$400m have been approved for agricultural projects in Uzbekistan, which opponents claim could support forced labour in the country’s cotton fields.
On 10 June, the World Bank’s board of executive directors approved financing totalling US$410.3m for two projects in the agriculture sector of Uzbekistan: the Horticulture Development Project and the South Karakalpakstan Water Resources Management Improvement Project, reports UzDaily.
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