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PRESS RELEASE June 21, 2018

Angola: World Bank Approves $150 Million to Improve Water Services

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2018 - The World Bank approved today a $150 million loan to support the government of Angola’s ongoing water and sanitation service delivery initiatives in the country.

The Second Water Sector Institutional Development Project additional financing will benefit about 1.2 million people in nine regional cities of the country to get in-house and in-yard connection to public water services.

“It is crucial to maintain the relevant gains of improving water services for the people achieved through the first installation of the project. Poor water quality can cause ill-health and poverty. This additional financing will help bring water to urban areas in a more sustainable manner,” said Olivier Lambert, World Bank Country Manager for Angola. “However, the project is not only focusing on building more and better infrastructure. It will keep on strengthening the water institutions, and provide the government with the tools to reform and improve the water and sanitation sector in Angola.”

This additional financing will help increase water service coverage in target cities and strengthen the institutional capacity of Provincial Water and Sanitation Utilities, National Directorate of Water, Instituto Regulador dos Serviços de Electricidade e de Água and Instituto Nacional de Recursos Hídricos de Angola. The project will expand the support and institutional strengthening activities to the sanitation sub-sector, through the implementation of a pilot project in one or more provinces.

The French Development Agency (Agence Française de Développment) will co-finance this project with a Euro denominated loan of $150 million equivalent.


PRESS RELEASE NO: 2018/160/AFR

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