Cote d'Ivoire: AfDB to sink US $20m in Port Sudan water, sanitation project

Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - The African Development Bank (AfDB) plans to finance the Port Sudan Priority Water and Sanitation (PSPWS) project in collaboration with the UK Department of International Development (DfID), the Bank said here Thursday.

The Bank and DfID on 13 December 2016 concluded a project identification mission and discussions with Port Sudan authorities and stakeholders on the possibility for the AfDB to finance the PSPWS project, as part of joint efforts to address Port Sudan’s short-, medium- and long-term water needs.

The Bank intends to finance the project with approximately US $20 million from its Transitional Support Facility.

According to the AfDB, the project is based on a Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) study undertaken by DfID to define the urgent, medium- and long-term water and sanitation interventions in Port Sudan.

In addition to financing the SIP, DfID has committed £6 million for capacity building and technical assistance, among others, to support activities identified in the SIP.

The identification mission met with Red Sea State Governor Ali Ahmed Hamid who  underscored the importance of the AfDB’s possible support given the acute water shortage and sanitation needs in Port Sudan.

Also, State Minister of Health Hatim Ahmad Elias Daak emphasized the need for improving sanitation through support for waste disposal, stating that AfDB’s support would complement the ongoing work by other development partners.

For his part, AfDB’s Country Programme Officer in Sudan, Kenneth Onyango, expressed the institution’s commitment to continuing the collaboration with the government and other development partners in the water and sanitation sector.

He specifically acknowledged the strategic importance of the Bank’s collaboration with DfID, adding that more emphasis would be given to such collaborative efforts in the future.
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15 december 2016 17:44:33

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