Angola: Government to invest US$ 2 billion in water sector

8 August 2008

Zaragoza, Spain, 8 Aug -The Angolan government plans to invest US$ 2 billion over the coming years on water infrastructures to guarantee supply with quality to the country’s people, Prime Minister Fernando Piedade dos Santos said Thursday.

Angola’s prime minister, cited by state news agency Angop, was speaking during “Angola Day” at Expo Zaragoza in Spain, running from 14 June to 14 Sept under the banner “Water and Sustainable Development” with 105 counties being represented.

Angola’s prime minister said his country’s 47 river basins were “still not sufficiently exploited”, but with the establishment of peace in 2002 a “great opportunity” emerged to improve management and distribution of water resources both in quantity and quality.

The “water for all program” in rural areas is a key government initiative to improve conditions for thousands of Angolans living in remote rural areas, he said, adding that 70 percent of the urban population now have basic minimum standards of water supply, compared to 40 percent in rural areas with access to drinking water.

Dos Santos also called for a water tariff policy to be implemented to check standards of service offered and promote sustainability of water supply and distribution. (macauhub)