Senegal: ABEDA grants over 10 million USD to supply the Saloum delta with drinking water
27 April 2011
A 10.5 million dollar loan has been granted to Senegal by the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (ABEDA).
It will contribute to the funding of a project for drinking water access in the Saloum delta region, reported the APS press agency last Friday.
The aim of the project is to improve access to drinking water, contribute to a reduction in water-borne diseases, improve public health and promote economic activities in order to stimulate the development of this region.
The minister of State for Energy and Infrastructures, Karim Wade, declared that "this project was going to affect over 70,000 people, who would now have access to drinking water".
In Senegal today, 98 percent of the inhabitants of urban areas have access to drinking water.
This figure is only 62 percent in rural areas, and only 17 percent of these people have access to improved sanitation services, it is pointed out by the World Bank on its website.