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A Round Table of donors for the financing of the Drinking Water Project in Bamako was held on 18-19 April 2013 in Bamako, Mali. The meeting noted significant developments in project preparation from the technical, environmental and institutional viewpoints.
The discussions helped to ensure the commitment of major donors to pursue their participation in the project’s implementation and to agree with the government and other partners as to the way forward with regard to the project’s execution.
This project is a priority and symbolic by virtue of its size and the number of donors involved. It is all the more important as it seeks in time to resolve the drinking water supply problem of the city. The project will make possible an additional production of 144 cubic meters per day and is all the more urgent as water shortage in Bamako has been intensified by the ongoing political crisis.
The meeting was co-chaired by the AfDB Resident Representative in Mali and the Leader of the Technical and Financial Partners (TFPs), Hélène N’Garnim-Ganga. It was the obvious follow-up of the collaboration process between the government and the TFPs in the past months in order to revive the project.
Other than the AfDB, about ten donors participated in the meeting They include the World bank, the European Union, the Agence Française de Developpement, the West Afica Development Bank , the Islamic Development Bank, the Italian Cooperation, the European Investment Bank.