(AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK) – ADB and the european Bank for reconstruction and development (EBRD), have made, Tuesday, January 8 in Tunis, signed a loan agreement with the tunisian ministry of Development, investment and international cooperation (MDICI) and the national Office of sanitation (ONAS) for the funding of the sanitation Program for small municipalities with less than 10,000 inhabitants in Tunisia.
With an environmental impact of the first order, this program will serve nearly 200 000 inhabitants from a small town in tunisia, who will enjoy a service of improved sanitation through the total amount of 150 million euros granted to ONAS and financed in equal parts by the two institutions.
In perfect adequacy with the intervention strategies of the two institutions in the sector of water and sanitation, this operation has included the construction of 24 new plants, wastewater treatment plants, extension of sewerage networks on 862 kilometres and the construction of 30 new booster pumping stations. It will promote better conditions of health, hygiene, environment and economic development for 33 small municipalities, spread over 19 governorates.
This improvement will help to reduce the pollution of the environment and the health risks associated with the current level of sanitation services. It will also increase, 7,71 million m3 per year, the volume of treated waste water with a greater availability of the usable water in the region.
Including a capacity building component in support of the national Office of sanitation (ONAS) and of the target communes, the program will help Tunisia to sustain the management of its wastewater systems and support the participation of the private sector in infrastructure. The programme forms part of a new dynamic of development and investment, source of employment for young people priority areas.
The signing ceremony took place at the headquarters of the MDICI, in the presence of Zied Laadhari, tunisian minister of Development, investment and international cooperation, Mohamed El Azizi, director-general of the african development Bank for North Africa, Antoine Sallé de Chou, head of the Tunisia office of the european Bank for reconstruction and development, and Abdelmajid Bettaieb, president director general of ONAS.
About the cooperation between the african development Bank and the european Bank for reconstruction and development
Fruit of a close collaboration between the teams of the two institutions, this program comes to fruition the desire of the two development banks to strengthen their cooperation in North Africa. An agreement on the programme had already been signed on 8 November 2018 at the Africa Investment Forum, organized by the african development Bank in Johannesburg, South Africa, through which the EBRD delegates the implementation of the project to the african development Bank. The Bank and the EBRD identifies currently has a portfolio of joint operations to be carried out on the region, particularly in the areas of agro-industry, financial inclusion of small and medium-sized enterprises, entrepreneurship and public-private partnerships. In the framework of their cooperation, the african development Bank and the EBRD have co-financed in 2015 in Morocco, the Project of complex port Nador West Med for a total amount of approximately 313 million euros. Since the beginning of their operations in Tunisia, the african development Bank and the EBRD have invested, respectively, $ 9.5 billion (since 1967) and $ 830 million (since 2012).