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The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group and Liberia have signed a grant agreement of €1,694,000 to finance the country’s Water Sector Reform Study. The initiative is expected to support government efforts to improve water resources management, thereby contributing to efforts at alleviating poverty and meeting MDG targets for water supply and sanitation in the country. The planned study will be based on priority actions of the Water Sector Reform Action Plan developed with AfDB support and it constitutes the African Water Facility’s response to a request by the Liberian Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME) to complement ongoing support by other donors, namely the European Commission, the World Bank and UNICEF.
The project will be implemented by the Secretariat for Sector Reform at the MLME over an eleven-month period and will focus on: (i) capacity building, the implementation of a new water policy as well as institutional restructuring, and (ii) short-to-medium term investment planning. The planning process adopted is underpinned by an integrated and comprehensive approach and it is in line with other government and sector policies, including decentralization and stakeholders’ participation. The project is estimated at €1,784,000, and the African Water Facility is expected to provide € 1,694,000 which is 95% of the amount while the Liberian government is expected to provide € 90,000. The Liberian Finance Minister, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, signed the agreement for his country, while the African Water Facility Director, Andrianarison Rakotobe, signed for the AfDB.