Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma chaired a meeting with a World Bank delegation led by its South Asia Regional Vice President Martin Raiser and India Country-Director Auguste Tano Kouame held at the Janata Bhawan.
Both the sides discussed the ongoing external aided projects (EAPs) and the proposed EAPs financed by the World Bank. The two sides agreed upon fast-tracking the completion of the remaining portions of the ongoing projects and expediting the approval procedure for launching those in the pipeline.
During the interaction, the Chief Minister praised the World Bank for its wholehearted support in realising the growth potential of Assam. He expressed confidence that the relationship between Assam and the World Bank would grow stronger in the days to come, as the two sides embark upon newer projects and schemes in the State.
Dr. Sarma, in presence of the World Bank delegation, also inaugurated the “State Public Procurement Portal”, a one-stop solution to public procurements of various magnitudes and varieties.
He said that the portal is aimed at ensuring transparency in public procurement by the Government of Assam. It is worth noting that this portal is the second of its kind to be launched by a State Government.
Cabinet minister Jayanta Mallabaruah, senior bureaucrats Paban Borthakur and Ravi Shankar Prasad were also present at the meeting.