ACCRA — Ghana’s Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources is actively engaging partners to set up a Ghana Water Enterprise Trust, an independent entity which will attract more funding to implement projects to provide safe, reliable and affordable water for all.
The Ministry is engaging with Safe Water Network, a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in the United States, to provide its Small Water Enterprises Working Group the needed governance in scaling up water supply to communities, especially the semii-urban areas and small towns and in rural areas across the country.
Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources Joseph Kofi Adda announced this at the opening of the 2018 Beyond the Pipe Forum here Wednesday. The forum was organized by Safe Water Network to convene sector leadership to advance a dialogue on small water enterprises (SWEs) and to catalyse action which can contribute to achieving sustainable and safely managed water services.
It is estimated that Ghana will require close to one billion US dollars in annual investment in the water supply sector to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) requirements.
Currently, the government has committed 82 million USD to fund the sector, while development partners contribute 32 million USD, leaving a funding gap of 832 million USD.
Adda said access to basic social services, including water supply, remained a key priority for the government, which was committed to achieving its vision of providing safe, reliable and affordable water for all.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK