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MOPC to spend US$170mn to improve rural roads (Paraguay)

Paraguay's public works ministry (MOPC) expects to spend US$170mn to improve some 1,150km of roads in the country's eastern region under the second phase of its national rural roads program.

As well as the roads, work will be carried out on 4km of bridges, according to a MOPC statement.

"The project will aim to improve roads in the most critical zones and replace some 200 wooden bridges with reinforced concrete structures," said public works minister Efraín Alegre.

The program is being funded through a US$50mn loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a US$65.5mn IDB loan, US$29mn from OPEC's Fund for International Development (OFID), and US$25.4mn from the Paraguayan government.

Work will take place in 10 districts. The specific roads to be improved will be selected by authorities under their departmental road plans, which are organized via workshops run by local governments.

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