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 World Bank injects $11 million into Volta River Basin project
 

Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Dr. Kwaku Agyemang MensahThe World Bank, under the Bank’s Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (CIWA) project, has supported the Volta River Basin Strategic Action Programme Implementation Project (VSIP) with an amount of five million US dollars to combat national and trans-boundary problems.


Speaking at the launch of the project in Accra, the Acting Executive Director of Volta Basin Authority (VBA), Dr Charles Biney said the objective of the project is to improve the capacity of the authority for trans-boundary water resources management through institutional development activities that address the main weaknesses of the institution.
He says it will also help in the implementation of priority actions of the project which will result in direct environmental and livelihoods benefits.


The surface area of the White Volta Basin is 400,000 Km2 and covers six countries namely Ghana, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Cote d'Ivoire and Mali.


Eighty per cent of the area is shared between Ghana and Burkina Faso.    
Aside the support from the World Bank, Dr Biney indicated that the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) has also accepted to co-finance the project with a grant of $7.2m which covers priority activities mainly in the form of field demonstration projects.
Launching the project, the Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Dr. Kwaku Agyemang Mensah called on Ghanaians to be delighted that the collective efforts and cooperation has culminated in the steady growth of the Volta Basin Authority in promoting the proper management and development of the water resources.


He stressed the need to fashion innovative programs and plans that will elicit the needed support and draw in the required participation of all key national and regional stakeholders as far as water related issues are concerned.
The implementation of the new project, Dr. Agyemang insisted, should require that all parties act collectively, identify common challenges, set priorities, align policies and actions and also mobilize resources for implementation.
He expressed gratitude to the World Bank and the Global Environmental Facility for the financial and technical support provided for the execution of the project.


The launch, which brought together delegations from the ECOWAS countries, was initially scheduled for November 2015 in Ouagadougou, but had to be rescheduled on two occasions because of unfortunate events in Burkina Faso that led to loss of lives.

 

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