Ways of enhancing joint cooperation between Homs Province and UNDP discussed

Homs, SANA- Homs Governor Talal Barazi discussed with Regional Director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Samuel Rizq and the accompanying delegation means of enhancing joint cooperation to meet service and humanitarian needs to areas to which security and stability were restored.

Barazi pointed out that maintenance and rehabilitation works in old Homs are done through government’s plans in coordination with the province and the city council under the supervision of the Ministry of local Administration, noting that humanitarian organizations and UNDP participate in these plans to contribute to the rehabilitation of commercial and heritage markets in old Homs.

Homs Governor also pointed to the remarkable positive development with the return of merchants and owners of commercial and heritage markets to work in old Homs markets, noting the significant progress in the return of the economic life to the city according to an assessment carried out during the first quarter of 2016.

Barazi revealed that during next week a field visit will be paid to Palmyra with the participation of international organizations to find out what can be offered in the field of rehabilitation of infrastructure in parallel with the government’s efforts in this regard.

In turn, Rizq said that UNDP continue its activities in Homs by removing the rubble and rehabilitation of the infrastructure of the old city and markets in the city center and creating jobs to ensure the return of locals and linking the city and its neighborhoods, expressing readiness of the program to contribute to rehabilitation projects in Palmyra and studying humanitarian and service needs.

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