Khalid Al-Zayer

Acting Director, Public Sector Operations, Eastern and Southern Africa

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oject is particularly memorable. I was on mission in wi, when the country’s Minister of Health approached Ma wi was recording some 14,000 cases of cancer ery ye , he explained, but the country had no facilities to treat patients. Many people were dying. I extended my stay and we discussed the project thoroughly. Thanks to the OPEC Fund’s subsequent loan, the National Cancer Treatment Center – the first dedicated cancer treatment facility in Malawi – will be fully operational by the end of 2021. The chemotherapy facility is already open.

An OPEC Fund co-financed development project in Malawi was named a 2019 Prince Talal International Prize for Human Development award winner by the Arab Gulf Programme for Development (AGFUND). The AGFUND announced the project as one of four winners from 83 projects and 38 countries in the water and sanitation category. The OPEC Fund partnered with the African Development Bank to provide finance and guidance for the project’s implementation, which will raise health and living standards, as well as improve livelihoods, for over 100,000 people.

In 2020, the OPEC Fund made US$1 billion available to

developing countries for COVID-19 impact and recovery efforts.

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Tajikistan is a wonderful country; and despite the poverty and hardship that its people experience, they still are most kind and hospitable. I have visited Tajikistan several times, to appraise and monitor the OPEC Fund’s projects in the country. Our projects there are all located in the mountainous regions, where the climate is harsh, with ferociously hot summers and extremely cold and windy winters. These regions are rural, with no electricity, and hardly


any infrastructure – so you can imagine how appreciated our projects are by the local communities. One of my most fmost fond memories is from a site visit. On our w y to the site, on extremely rough terrain, we saw children elegantly wearing their uniforms,r unif waiting for the school bus. They were all crowded at the bus stop, which sheltered them from the pouring rains. The bus stop was part of an OPEC Fund co-financed project.

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Since launching, we have provided 11.5 million households with access to water supply and sanitation.


In May 2020, the OPEC Fund joined other institutions within the Arab Coordination

Group in scaling-up cooperation in response to COVID-19. The group committed to jointly allocate US$10 billion to help developing

countries mitigate, contain and recover from the destabilizing effects of the pandemic.

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