Zanzibar-Oman sign US$26 million water deal

THE Ministry of Water, Energy and Minerals has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Oman National Energy Center (NEC), to strengthen the access of clean and safe water in the Unguja North Region.

The deal worth US$ 26 million was signed by the Principal Secretary Ministry of Water, Joseph Kilangi and NEC Chief Executive Officer, Abdullah Al Badi in the presence of the Oman Consul General, Said Al Sinawy and the Minister of Water, Shaibu Hassan Kaduara.

The agreement is expected to address the shortage of access to clean and safe water in the region.

Speaking at the event, Kaduara said the agreement was the implementation of the Zanzibar Water Investment Programme (ZanWIP), aimed to mobilize over USD665.5 million between 2022-2027 towards securing clean and sustainable water supply for the island’s population and fast-growing economy.

The Minister commended the country’s development stakeholders for demonstrating interest in, and supporting the implementation process of the programme which is tailored towards the country’s Blue Economic Policy.

“This programme is being implemented on our island, we are witnessing the implementation of various projects in line with the programme,” Kaduara said.

Commenting on the agreement, Al Sinawy, said Oman is committed to supporting the development of Zanzibar, especially in the social-services sectors.

The NEC Chief Executive Officer, Abdullah Al Badi, said they will cooperate with the Zanzibar government to address the shortage of access to clean and safe water in the islands.

He promised that the project will be completed on time and asked the involved institutions including the Zanzibar Water Authority (ZAWA) to cooperate.

Recently, the German Government signed a 660,000 Euros agreement with the government of Zanzibar to conduct a feasibility study on ground water assessments.

NEC is Oman a semi-government company, formed to serve the utility sector through innovative and integrated smart solutions, smart services and smart technologies in the field of renewable energies and utility metering.

For doing so, NEC has taken giant leaps in bringing the global leaders in renewable energy and metering expertise to the Sultanate of Oman.

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