BMB Mott MacDonald has been awarded a technical assistance contract by the World Bank to coordinate the economic recovery process of the Aceh and Nias province in Indonesia to help regenerate the area following the 2004 earthquake and tsunami in the region.
The project is to channel a multi donor grant fund of $50 million towards projects aimed at income generation and employment creation.
The initial task will be to develop selection criteria for selecting the projects that will be financed through EDFF. A total of 125 applications have already been submitted with proposals ranging from fish processing, palm oil production, and general agriculture to other small enterprise development. It is anticipated that the successful proposals will be selected and receive confirmation of financing by December 2009.
A further important role for BMB Mott MacDonald will be to help strengthen the capacity of local and regional authorities in managing considerable donor funds while introducing modern, transparent business ethics and procedures and integrity guidelines.
BMB Mott MacDonald’s project manager Geert van Boekel said, “We are proud that we have been given this challenging task that will allow BMB Mott MacDonald to be part of this important reconstruction process. It is estimated that more than 5000 people will find temporary or permanent work as a direct consequence of our project.”