Angola: European Union funds water quality projects

27 April 2009

Luanda, Angola, 27 Abril – The European Union (EU) plans to grant 37 million euros for projects to support quality of water, hygiene, sanitation and de-mining in Angola, officials said Friday in Luanda.

The announcement was made at the ceremony to sign two funding deals, as part of the 10th Development Fund, signed by the head of the European Commission Delegation in Angola, João Ferreira and the Angolan Minister for Planning, Ana Dias Lourenço.

Of that amount, the project to support water, hygiene and sanitation will absorb 17 million euros, which includes an institutional boost to the sector, with a view to providing an effective and sustainable service.

Another 20 million euros will be used to improve the living conditions of the communities most affected by mines and other explosive devices, through measures to improve safety of road travel, in rural and urban areas, as well as preventing accidents with mines.

The projects also include activities to boost the institutional capacity of the National lnter-sector Commission for De-mining (CNIDAH) and the National De-mining Institute (INAD).

The projects will cover affected people in the provinces of Moxico, Bié, Cuando Cubango, Kwanza Norte and Kwanza Sul, and will take four years to carry out starting in the first quarter of 2010. (macauhub)