Water Access: Togo secures over €230 million worth of commitments at recent roundtable

Economic governance
Wednesday, 07 December 2022 02:52
Water Access: Togo secures over €230 million worth of commitments at recent roundtable

(Togo First) - During the roundtable held in Lomé on December 1 and 2, some financial institutions and international organizations promised to provide Togo with over €230 million (about CFA157 billion) to improve access to clean water across the territory.

Precisely, the World Bank promised $100 million for various water projects, the Banque Ouest africaine de développement (BOAD) promised $80 million, and the European Union said it would provide a financing guarantee of up to €21 million.

There is also the French Development Agency (AFD), which committed to spending €50 million to support Togo’s 2021-2023 Strategy for Access to Drinking Water (AEP). After the roundtable, the Togolese government signed with the agency a €10 million financing agreement. The financing, a grant, will help implement the Project to improve living conditions in schools and rural areas for the people of Savanes and Kara.

According to Bolidja Tiem, the Togolese minister of water, all the funds promised will help tackle issues faced by some local communities.

"Financing the water and sanitation sector also means financing inclusion, social cohesion, and the fight against violent extremism. Making water available to our populations means ensuring the development of a certain number of fundamental sectors such as industry, agriculture, livestock, the environment and fishing. Making water available to our people means promoting health by fighting against various waterborne diseases," said Tiem.

Let it be recalled that the government of Togo aims to make sure that the whole country has access to clean water by 2030.

Esaïe Edoh 

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