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IDB backs plan to boost competitiveness of Uruguay's agriculture and livestock sector and enhance its access to international markets

The plan will help strengthen government manage of the sector by improving services and bringing it closer to everyday people

The Inter-American Development Bank has approved a $7.6 million loan for a program to help boost the competitiveness of Uruguay's farming and livestock sector and make it more active in international markets by strengthening the institutional management of the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries.

The program's specific goals are to improve services by developing web-based governance, strengthen the administration's capabilities and bring services closer to everyday people. Another objective is to keep food sanitation and safety services up to date.

To that end, the project will aim to improve services through the use of information technology, the elimination of red tape and better communication among government institutions. Among other things, it calls for introduction of electronic notices, web-based case files and a drive called Iniciativa Trámites 100 percent en Línea (All Procedures on Line); elimination and reduction of red tape; and the creation and development of the Integrated Face-to-Face Attention System.

Furthermore, the program will contribute to the creation of an inter-institutional campus focusing on research, learning and innovation in Departament 33, located in the east of the country. It will also seek to consolidate safety guarantees in food production, ensure constant improvement in laboratory management, implement analysis and risk management in a holistic way and develop the new General Directorate of Food Safety Control.

The $7.6 million IDB loan is over 25 years with a grace period of 5.5 years, an interest rate pegged to the LIBOR, and features a local contribution of $400,000.

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