The Srebrenica Regional Recovery Programme Continued: US$ 5.2 Million for the Fourth Phase

24 Feb 2014

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The presentation of the fourth phase of Srebrenica Regional Recovery Programme for Economic Development (SRRP), organized by Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of Republika Srpska and the United Nations Development Programme ( UNDP) took place today in Banja Luka. The fourth phase is supported by the Government of Netherlands  in the amount of US$  4.4 million and co-financed by municipalities Bratunac, Srebrenica and Milići in the amount of US$  800.000.

Since 2005, Srebrenica Regional Recovery Programme has been implemented by UNDP in cooperation with partners, aiming to support the local population – both those who remained, and those who returned, and to re-establish livelihoods and promote the revitalization of the region. "The Netherlands was a donor with a contribution in the amount of US$ 30 million, and our partner in the implementation of this project was UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, Ambassador of the Netherlands in BiH, Jurriaan Kraak emphasized and said that the Government of Netherlands, together with other donors recognized it  as the responsibility to give Srebrenica, a second chance for a better life.

The project that has been so far established in three phases is specifically focused on the integration of returnees in economic and public life in the region of Srebrenica, a and it will bring benefit to all  citizens through the reconstruction of the rural roads, water supply systems, electrical sectors, public buildings and  housing.

“Through this recovery project, Netherlands has not only encouraged a sustainable return process and rehabilitation of the destroyed infrastructure, but also provided support to economic sustainability”, Ambassador of Netherlands in BiH added.

The aim of the fourth phase of the project is further development and strengthening of production in the agricultural sector, the active promotion of development of small and medium enterprises and the support to the region in its attempts to attract investments for large and medium industries through continuous and sustainable operations between the public and private sectors to stimulate the economic development.

UN Resident Coordinator in BiH, Yuri Afanasiev said that the program, besides the donors involved local communities in which during the past years of the project employment increased by 11 %.

"Agricultural production in these three communities increased by 50%, while the purchasing power of the population of the region increased by 100 percent. This proves that good results are possible in Bosnia and Herzegovina", said Afanasiev.

In past few years, through intensive work of local governments, citizens, international organizations and UNDP, a noticeable improvement in all aspects of development has been achieved in the region.

Since the beginning of the project, US$ 36 million have been invested in this region for infrastructure development, economic and capacities development of local communities, and 6,000 people were included. This support has resulted in a significant increase in agricultural production in the area of the dairy industry, sheep farming, fruit production, and increased revenue 30% for more than 600 rural families and creation of 200 jobs.

The new phase of the project will be implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of the Republika Srpska, Agency for Development of Small and Medium Enterprises RS, Regional Advisory Service Bratunac and municipalities of Srebrenica, Bratunac and Milići.

UNDP will also work with other entity agencies that are of importance for the development of region like the RS Institute for Adult Education, the RS Employment Agency and the RS Extension Services.