Guinea Bissau: European Commission donates 3 million euros for drinking water supply

7 May 2009

Bissau, Guinea Bissau, 7 May – The European Commission (EC) Wednesday donated 3 million euros to the Bissau government to fund drinking water supply and solar power projects to equip wells with electrical pumps.

In Guinea Bissau just 44 percent of the population of some 1.3 million people has access to drinking water and 30 percent to appropriate basic sanitation services.

As well as funding the water sector, the EC provided a further 1.73 million euros to the Guinean government as part of an addendum to the National Indicative Programme of the 10th European Fund for Development of Guinea Bissau.

The funding was provided by a mechanism that aims to compensate countries that have suffered from substantial falls in export revenues.

In Guinea Bissau, the drop in export revenues occurred to a fall in the price of cashew nuts, the only product that the West African country exports. (macauhub)