The project was approved by the Bank’s Board of Directors in September 2015 and is financed with a grant of USD 22.8 million from the Bank’s Transition Support Facility (USD 22 million) and its Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (USD 0.8 million). The project will primarily contribute to building resilience and sustainability in the water and sanitation sector through institutional building, and build water supply and sanitation infrastructure to improve livelihoods and resilience against climate variability. The event took place at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in Khartoum.
The Finance Minister welcomed Dr. Kamara following his re-assumption of duty as the AfDB’s Resident Representative for Sudan. The Minister praised the African Development Bank for the tremendous support to his country and thanked the Bank for launching the “Africa-50 Initiative” which focuses on infrastructure as a catalyst for Africa’s development. The Minister also expressed appreciation for the Bank’s interventions and initiatives in the country, in the areas of debt management and the search for debt relief, the public financial management, and for financing the update of the national household survey for the preparation of a full PRSP. The Minister also made a strong appeal to the Bank to finance private sector operations in Sudan focusing on agriculture and agro-industries which are important sectors for generating employment and reducing poverty.
On his part, the Bank’s Resident Representative expressed appreciation for the Minister’s welcoming remarks, and underscored that the provision of water and sanitation services will also contribute significantly to enhancing social cohesion and reducing gender inequality by availing productive opportunities that will subsequently reduce poverty. He also emphasized the consistency of the project objectives with the Government’s development priorities as articulated in national policy frameworks, notably the Interim Poverty Reduction Strategy (I-PRSP) and the National Development Plan (2012-2016). He concluded by reemphasizing that improved water infrastructure and services are crucial for building resilient societies in the face of environmental degradation and climate change. Both the Government and the Bank expressed the need for accelerating the implementation of this project for the benefit of the Sudanese people.
The Sudanese Government was respresented by H.E. the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Badr Eldien Mahmoud Abbas and the African Development Bank was represented by its Resifent Representative, Dr. Abdul Kamara.