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ADB is working with the governments of Norway and Japan under two different projects to help Bhutan better manage its clean energy and water resources.

ADB President Takehiko Nakao and Palau’s Finance Minister and ADB Governor Elbuchel Sadang have signed a loan agreement to fund the Koror-Airai Sanitation Project, which will improve the delivery of sanitation services in Palau.

Officials from the Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority and ADB today met with international and local prospective bidders to discuss plans for an ADB-funded project to develop a surface water supply system for the fast-growing capital city of Dhaka, where groundwater is depleting rapidly.

ADB and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are bringing together the governments of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka to create a South Asia Urban Knowledge Hub to help improve urban services, such as sanitation, in the region.

ADB will provide an additional $25 million loan to the Government of Nepal to complete the Melamchi tunnel and help alleviate a severe water shortage in the Kathmandu Valley.

It is critical that Asia’s precious but increasingly scarce water resources are managed in a coordinated way to ensure the region has not only sufficient water but also enough food and energy to meet its needs, ADB President Takehiko Nakao said today.

ADB is assisting the Government of Palau by providing two loans worth $28.8 million to fund a project that will bring substantial improvements to Palau’s sanitation systems.

ADB is helping the People’s Republic of China improve the quality of wastewater management and reuse through a $240 million private sector loan package to Beijing Enterprises Water Group Limited, an integrated water infrastructure operator. The loan agreement was signed today in Beijing.

Six cities in Myanmar will tackle emerging challenges in water supply, sanitation, waste management, drainage and flood management with a $2 million grant from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction, to be administered by ADB.

ADB has approved a $250 million loan to expand the coverage and quality of water supplies to nearly 11 million people in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s fast-growing capital city.