Inauguration of WATSAN project
A delegation from the Embassy of France and French Agency for Development (AFD) participated on Monday 17th February in the inauguration of the rehabilitation works of the two Gaba water treatment stations of the Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) project.
The French company SOGEA-SATOM is the lead implementor of the works co-financed by AFD. The project amounting to 32 million Euros should take 18 months and employ nearly 150 locals. Essentially, it involves renovating and modernising the infrastructures for water supply and sanitation as well as the water distribution networks to the capital city. The neighbouring towns of Nansana and Kira should also benefit by having a better water coverage.
After visiting the existing infrastructures at Gaba 1 and Gaba2 stations, the guests of honour who included the Ambassador of France, accompanied by the AFD regional Director, the Ambassador of Germany and the EU Head of Delegation as well as the Minister of Water and Environment Ephraim Kamuntu, symbolically planted a tree to highlight the importance of the resource and the need to preserve it.
The Board Chairman of National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC), Dr Christopher Ebal, reemphasised the high expectations weighing on NWSC to improve access to water and sanitation for the population in Kampala and in the 27 other towns under its management.
The Ambassador of France to Uganda was pleased to note that a French company long established in Africa like SOGEA-SATOM was selected to implement this project. On his part, the German Ambassador saluted the commencement of the works.
Since 2009, France, through AFD, has injected more than 107 million Euros in the sectors of energy, water and sanitation, and this is out of a total of 165 million Euros it has mobilised since 1998.
Since 2010, on average, AFD commits to the tune of 30 million Euros per year to finance projects in Uganda. This trend should increase beyond 50 to 80 million Euros on average for the period 2014 2017.