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September 19, 2014

Grant Agreement for Project for Groundwater Development in Luapula Province Phase 3 signed

PhotoSigning Ceremony

<p>On Friday 19th September, 2014, the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Finance and the Resident Representative for JICA signed the Grant Agreement for the Project for Groundwater Development in Luapula Province Phase 3 at the Ministry of Finance. At the same time, Exchange of Notes was also signed by Chargé ďaffaires ad intérim of Japan to the Republic of Zambia - Mr. Hideki Yamaji and the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Finance.</p> <p>The project will involve the construction of 200 boreholes fitted with hand pumps at 200 sites in 4 districts in Luapula Province. The distribution of boreholes per districts will be as follows; 56 boreholes in Nchelenge district, 63 boreholes in Mwense district, 38 boreholes in Mwansa district, and 43 boreholes in Milenge district. The project will also involve the construction of 5 piped water supply schemes at 5 sites in 3 districts. The distribution of piped water schemes per districts will be as follows; 1 scheme in Nchelenge district, 3 schemes in Mwense district and 1 scheme in Milenge district.</p> <p> The 200 boreholes and 5 piped water schemes will benefit 82,000 people who live in Luapula Province and increase the percentage of accessing safe water from 25.6% to 30.0%. The duration of the project is 25months. The estimated project budget is Eight Hundred and Fifty Eight Million Japanese Yen (JPY858, 000, 000) which is equivalent to Forty Eight Million Six Hundred and Fifty Seven Zambian Kwacha (ZMW48, 657, 000). </p> <p>The signing ceremony was a very momentous occasion as it meant that people can now access safe drinking water near home. This is line with the Government of Zambia's policy "VISION 2030" of provision of safe drinking water to the people of Zambia. </p> <p>JICA is happy to support the Government in ensuring that the people of Zambia have access to safe drinking water. In alignment with Zambia's development Programmes and policies, JICA will continue to prioritize water supply as this will accelerate the overall social and economic development of the country. </p> <p class="txtRight">Bertha Miyanda</p>

PhotoPerspective (Piped Water Supply)

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