The Gambia will benefit from a grant of $ 43 million, granted by the World Bank through the IDA. The funds will be used to strengthen electricity transmission and distribution infrastructure as well as water access infrastructure.

The World Bank has just allocated a $ 43 million grant to The Gambia for its national electricity network restoration and modernization project (GERMP) and water access initiatives. This funding will be allocated through the International Development Association (IDA).

“This support will support the government’s efforts to strengthen the electricity and water sectors while stimulating the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic through communications and investments geared towards infrastructure such as handwashing facilities in the Greater Banjul area, ” said Elene Imnadze, resident representative of the World Bank in The Gambia.

Specifically, the funds will finance the strengthening of the electricity transmission and distribution network of NAWEC, the national electricity company, as well as major water access projects. More than 1.6 million people will see their access to electricity improved thanks to the construction and rehabilitation of 17 kilometers of transmission and distribution lines. 20 solar photovoltaic systems with storage capacity and connected to the electricity grid will also be implemented. 20,000 water meters will be installed or replaced and three water towers repaired.

Recall that in The Gambia, 50% of the population does not yet have access to electricity while 69% do not have access to drinking water.

 

Source: Agence Ecofin

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