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The African Development Bank (AfDB) and Cameroon in Tunis signed an UA10mn ADF loan agreement and a UA5mn grant agreement in Tunis in June 2010.
The grant resources will come from the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI). The loan and grant will help in the implementation of projects in four regions in the country – North West, West, South West and South.
“The project’s implementation will help improve water and sanitation access rate in rural areas from 33 per cent to 60 per cent for water and from 17 per cent to 22 per cent for sanitation,” OWAS director, Ali Kies, said, adding that “The population will benefit from a massive training and sensitization campaign on hygiene. The project’s impact will lead to a huge reduction in the incidence of diseases,” he added.
For his part, Cameroon’s Economy and Planning minister who also serves as the county’s governor on the Bank’s Board, Louis Paul Motaze, said that the project was of particular importance to the government. “Indeed, this is a pilot project which would eventually lead to a major water and sanitation programme in the ten regions of Cameroon,” he added.