Ghana: Accra Sewerage Improvement Project

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Tunis, 26 April 2006 – Accra City is expected to significantly improve its sanitation system thanks to a loan of the African Development Fund (ADF).

The Accra Sewerage Improvement Project (ASIP), approved by the institution’s Board of Directors on Wednesday 26 April 2006 to the tune of 46 million Units of Account* (US$ 66 million or 602 billion Cedi), will provide an improved and extended sewerage and sanitation system for disposing of waste water from the city of Accra, in an environmentally and socially acceptable manner, to meet the demand up to year 2020.

Populations access to sanitation facilities will increase from the present 40% to 65% in urban and peri urban areas in Accra by 2010. Along with this, it will reduce haulage distances from the present average of 10 km to 4 km in 2020.

About 1,5 million persons (49.5% of the 2020 Accra population) in the urban and per-urban population of Accra, majority of whom are poor, will be the immediate beneficiaries. Their socio-economic conditions will improve significantly.

In spite of the availability of 20 institutional sewerage systems operated by different institutions, most of the systems are in a poor state of repair and non-operational. Only 15% of Accra is served by conventional sewerage network and sewage treatment plant. This led to an increasing use of individual on-site sanitation facilities, resulting in an increase in pollution of surface water bodies in the city.

Earlier, the ADF financed the project feasibility study in 1996 and the detailed design study in 2004.

The African Development Bank Group operations in Ghana started in 1974. Its commitments in the country stand at 12,000 billion cedi in 87 operations.

Project Brief
-  Sources of financing: ADF & Government

-  Estimated start-up date and duration: May 2006, for 5 years

-  Executing Agency: Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) P.O.Box 385, Accra Tél.: 233 21 663947 - 8 Fax: 233 21 663949 E-mail:

-  Procurement of Goods and Services:

o Works: International Competitive Bidding and National Competitive Bidding

o Goods: National Shopping and International Shopping

o Services: shortlist of consultants

* UA 1 = 1.44085 USD = 13,087.7 GHC as at 01/04/2006


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