Central Asian states to discuss financial preparedness for natural disasters


BAKU, Azerbaijan -- Representatives of Central Asian countries are scheduled to meet at the end of February in Almaty to discuss financial protection against natural disasters, reported Tuesday (February 12), citing a World Bank official.

Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan will be present at a forum organised by the World Bank with support from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, said Ko Takeuchi, senior disaster risk management specialist for Central Asia at the World Bank.

"It is the first initiative of its kind in Central Asia," he said.

The World Bank seeks to make Central Asia more resilient to climate and disaster risks.

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