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China - Building roads to reduce poverty (English)

The Bank has been helping China build up its network of roads and highways across the country since 1985, and has financed a total of 26 highway projects with US$390 million equivalent IDA credit and IBRD loan of US$4.8 billion. These projects have combined to deliver about 3,500 km of expressway and 15,000 km of highway network improvements, plus couple of ten thousand kilometers of rural roads in poverty areas throughout the country. An example of this is the Bank’s involvement in the National Trunk Highway system, financing 48 percent of it, and helping to construct 1,150 km of the 2,400 km system through five highway projects totaling US$1.53 billion in loans. China is scheduled to complete about 17,000 km of phase one of the National Trunk system by 2003. Of the 17,000 km of the priority highway system, the Bank has been involved in about 20 percent of them (about 3,500 km).Over the next 5-10 years, the Bank's involvement in network density improvement will continue into the secondary and tertiary level of the highway network, with emphasis on highway network improvement in relatively poor areas of the country and on maintenance improvement of already invested highway asset and road safety.




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China - Building roads to reduce poverty (English). Results profile Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.