Public-private Irrigation Investment in Ghana

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Ghana and Togo Have Signed an Agreement that Paves the Way for a Major Irrigation Infrastructure Project Linking the Neighbouring African Nations

The African Water Facility (AWF) has offered a €1.4 million grant to Ghana to support the technical, legal and financial preparation of the public-private partnership (PPP) project, which is designed to support Togo’s capital Lome and Ghana’s coastal communities.

Groundwater is currently the main source of water supply not only for the population but also economic and industrial activities, the AWF said in a detailed appraisal report for the project released in December 2013 (100-page / 4.21 MB PDF). Increasing water availability is also expected to attract further industrial investment in the region.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) said that in addition to AWF support, the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) is providing a €0.7m grant to help prepare the project. The Ghana Water Company Ltd, the country’s national utility, will be the project’s executing agency.

The AfDB said: “More than 4 million people in Togo and Ghana will benefit from access to improved drinking water when the preparation studies are completed and the project is executed. The AWF and ALSF grant will pave the way for the mobilisation of €100m from the private sector for the water supply infrastructure investments under a PPP arrangement.”

“Togo’s groundwater supply sources for the city of Lome and surrounding communities are on the verge of depletion due to over-exploitation and their quality is deteriorating,” the AfDB said. “Ghana’s huge lower Volta River, emptying into the Gulf of Guinea, has ample source of fresh water to augment Togo’s scarce surface water sources. The project is seen as strengthening sub-regional cooperation through the sharing of the resources of the trans-boundary Volta River.”

Source: Out-Law

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