$354 Million Millennium Challenge Corporation compact on track

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Washington DC- Wednesday October 8th, 2014
$354 Million Millennium Challenge Corporation compact on track.
Government says the $354 Million Millennium Challenge Corporation compact on water, sanitation and drainage is on course.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development Ms. Charity Mwansa says the compact which is expected to benefit more than one million people in Lusaka will see a provision of clean water to hundreds of low income households and therefore minimize water borne diseases.
Ms. Mwansa was speaking at the US-Africa Infrastructure Conference organized by the Corporate Council on Africa at the Ronald Regan Building in Washington DC today.
The Permanent Secretary who spoke at a panel discussion on Water Supply, Sanitation and Drainage observed that the Compact will provide for infrastructure strengthening of critical water supply structures and clearing of waste in major drainages such as the main Bombay drainage in Lusaka.
Ms. Mwansa noted that the there was also need for support in waste management as this had impacted on the drainage system in Lusaka as the city becomes increasingly urbanized.
Speaking at the same meeting Institute for Public Private Partnerships- Director David Baxter said there was need to provide for support in building human capacity in improved facilities.
Zambia was showcased as a success of the Public Private Partnerships through the Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact. Panelists discussed ways in which public and private sectors support ongoing water reforms.
Meanwhile Ms. Mwansa has encouraged the Zambian Embassy staff in Washington DC to attract investors in the energy sector.
The Permanent Secretary who was speaking when she paid a courtesy call on Zambia’s Ambassador to the United States Palan Mulonda said Zambia still has the potential to export its energy.
She added that there was room to court investors in renewable energy.
And in welcoming her to the Embassy, Ambassador Mulonda said the mission will continue marketing Zambia as a preferred investment destination in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Permanent Secretary is accompanied by Assistant Director in the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development Dr Ngosa Mpamba and Assistant Director in the Ministry of Local Government and Housing Mr. Oswell Katooka.
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Embassy of the Republic of Zambia
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