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European Union makes a last payment to the Namibian Water and Sanitation Programme

22/03/2017 - 11:38

On the 16th of March, EU Ambassador to Namibia, Jana Hybaskova and the Namibian Minister of Agriculture, Water and forestry witnessed the last payment to Namibia’s Water and Sanitation Programme (NAWASA), amounting to €7.84 million.  The EU has been supporting the Namibian Government in the implementation of  Water and Sanitation policies under the NAWASA Programme since 2011.  The main objective was to support the provision of potable water and adequate sanitation across the country, particularly to rural, poor communities.  To this effect, the EU has disbursed a total amount of approximately €32 Million in the form of support to the budget of the Government and with complementary technical assistance.  The EU Head of Delegation said there is reason to celebrate the achievements reached – for example in 2015 89% of the rural population had access to potable water and access to safe and potable water for urban households improved from 93% in 2012 to 98.3% in 2015.  She added that progress in the sanitation area has been much slower and intensified efforts from Government and multiple stakeholders are required to address this challenging and complex issue.   In turn, Minister of Agriculture, John Mutorwa said the EU continues to be a reliable and dependable Development Partner for Namibia in various sectors.  He thanked the EU on behalf of the President and the Government for the extensive support rendered to the NAWASA Programme and others. The Minister furthermore stated that they are looking forward to continued cooperation with the EU under the 11th EDF  - particularly, the  Livestock Support Programme, which is one of the focal areas of future cooperation between Namibia and the EU.

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