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Government, WSA sign US$31m joint CPA

By Augustine Myers
The Coordinator of National Water, Sanitation Hygiene Promotion Committee, Abdul Koroma
The Coordinator of National Water, Sanitation Hygiene Promotion Committee, Abdul Koroma

mylbsonline.com/Liberia/Dec. 13/2013) The Government of Liberian (GOL) and the Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA) have signed a US$31m Joint Country Program Agreement (CPA).

The agreement calls for the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene services in Liberia and for other cross cutting issues in the country’s Sector Investment plan for WASH.

The CPA is the largest investment secured for the WASH sector from a non-traditional funding source.

It was secured by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sector technicians from several Ministries, including Public Works and Finance.

According to the CPA, the Liberian Government will provide 25%   of the total Program cost while Water and Sanitation for Africa, through its resource mobilization strategies, will fund 75% of the Country program.

The Coordinator of the National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Committee, Abdul Hafiz Koroma, provided an insight to the CPA.

Mr. Koroma said: “About 60% of the project will be directed at infrastructure development in the sector.”

Mr. Koroma also said: “This percentage will deal with the construction of water points, improvement sewage services, and rehabilitation of water supply system in the urban and rural areas.”

“The CPA has prioritized the targeted goal of the government’s WASH investment plan, valued at US$400m on the over all,” he further noted.

“Portion of the US$31m, signed between the Liberian Government and the Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA) will go towards the training of WASH staff at various line ministries and agencies.”

The National Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Committee Coordinator described the signing of the CPA as a big boost for Liberia’s WASH sector.
Mr. Koroma added: “Liberians should be proud of the agreement.”

“The project’s inception phase will begin early next year (2014) and the workshop will be preceded by resource mobilization from both the government and, Water and Sanitation for Africa,” he said.

The Coordinator of the NWSHPC told mylbsonline that the CPA planning workshop will work along with the Liberian Government authorities to discuss how the funds can be accessed.

It can be recalled that the WASH Sector in February of this year (2013) launched details of the Sector Investment Plan intended to achieve its targets by 2017.

As a Pan African Inter-Governmental Agency, Water and Sanitation for Africa complements regional efforts by providing continental leadership in the development of innovative and sustainable approaches.

The continental leadership is also provided in the development of evidence-based policy advice, and advocacy services in the provision of water, sanitation and hygiene services in Africa.

Previously known as the African Regional Centre for Water and Sanitation (CREPA), WSA has, since 1988, been developing innovative approaches and technologies in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Sector.

 


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