The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has sanctioned $35m for the rehabilitation of the Osh-Batken-Isfana road.

The project work includes altering the direction of certain parts of the road to pass through the Kyrgyz territory, averting Uzbek and Tajik enclaves.

The road is an important transit route to Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and China. The project is expected to improve Kyrgyzstan’s economy and will increase local farmers’ exposure to other major markets.

The project is estimated to cost $75m, of which $18m will be granted by the World Bank and $20m by the European Union.