Djibouti to Get Arab Funding for Drinking Water
The Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) on Sunday (May 12th) agreed to loan Djibouti $35 million (6.3 billion francs) for further improvements in the provision of drinking water, Djibouti’s La Nation reported.
The National Water and Sanitation Office of Djibouti has embarked on large-scale projects to improve drinking water infrastructure, including groundwater optimisation, seawater desalination and piping water from Ethiopia.
AFESD delegation leader Ahmed Bilhag Faraj and Minister of Finance Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh signed the loan agreement, which complements a first instalment paid five years ago.
The new funds are expected to allow the government to improve water connections to 24,000 households, install new connections for 8,000 households, crack down on illegal water connections and create a citizen awareness campaign on the importance of water conservation.
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