Water Supply Project in the Greater Banjul Area, 27 janvier 2020
Discours prononcé par l’ambassadeur Philippe Lalliot à l’occasion de la cérémonie de signature au ministère des finances de la convention de financement du projet Water Supply Project in the Greater Banjul Area, 27 janvier 2020.
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Dear Honorable Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs,
Dear Honorable Minister of Petroleum and Energy,
Dear Regional Director of AFD, Cher Alexandre,
Dear Managing Director of the NAWEC,
Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends,
It is my very first official visit in Banjul. I have indeed presented my credentials to President Barrow only a few hours ago and I am very pleased to start my mission here with the signing ceremony of this important financing agreement which formalizes the first financial support in the urban water sector by the French Government to The Gambia.
You know better that, following its democratic transition in 2017, The Gambia launched far-reaching economic and structural reforms and, on that basis, the international community decided to restart its assistance.
France was among the first country expressing its support and willingness to rebuild a close and strong relationship with The Gambia.
That is why, in February 2018, we put The Republic of Gambia on the high priority short list of countries to be supported by the French Agency for Development (AFD). In 2018 also, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a new partnership between us, leading to a first 5 million euros budget support to sustain the macroeconomic stabilization of the country, as well as a second 2 million euros budget support granted last year.
That makes us France if not the first donor, among the biggest donors in The Gambia and I must say we are very proud of that.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
In accordance with the priorities of the Gambian Government, France has shown particular interest in providing financial support in two sectors :
the agricultural sector, by delegating to IFAD a 10 million EUR grant for improving food security and resilience to climate change ;
the urban water sector as well, with a project focusing on the Greater Banjul Area (GBA) and named “Water Supply Project in the Greater Banjul Area” (WASIB).
It is this WASIB project, financed by a 16.5 million euros grant by AFD, which brings us together today. It aims at improving access to drinking water for nearly 900,000 people in Banjul and it will contribute to the fight against climate change, by focusing on a sustainable management of water resources.
I am convinced the project will have a strong social and economic impact on the daily life of the people living in the area.
Dear Ministers, dear Directors, Ladies and Gentleman,
I strongly believe that The Gambia will meet all those challenges and will benefit from a new momentum of growth and sustainable development.
Rest assured that France will stay firmly at your side, shoulder to shoulder to accompany you in those crucial moments and help you as much as we can along this path.
Thank you for your attention./.