Millennium Challenge Account approves construction of infrastructure in Cabo Verde

10 June 2015

The Coordinating Council of the Millennium Challenge Account Cabo Verde II (MCA-CVII) approved the disbursement of US$4.7 million to be spent on infrastructure in the quarter from July to September, announced the Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) Minister of Finance, cited Tuesday by the Cape Verdean press.

Minister Cristina Duarte, as chair of the Coordinating Council of the MCA-CVII said the funding approved by the local structure of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, an US agency for development assistance, was intended to fund projects for water supply and sanitation, which is the next phase of planning and reform of the sector.

Duarte said that, through the Water and Sanitation Fund, five interventions would be made in projects to solve the problem of fluoride in water on Brava island, the recovery of the Sal waste water treatment plant and replacement of pipes in the water system on Fogo island.

The minister said the funds would also be channeled to water and sanitation projects nine neighbourhoods in Mindelo, São Vicente Island, and to provide household connections to underprivileged households on the islands of Santiago, Santo Antão and São Vicente.

The second aid package from the United States to Cabo Verde in the amount of US$50.9 million, came into force at the end of 2012 and will last until November 2017, and the first package, which was in place between 2005 and 2010, totalled US$110 million. (macauhub/CV)