Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) will provide the Government of Lesotho AED73 million ($20 million) to finance the development of a water supply system in the Butha-Buthe District in Lesotho.
A loan agreement to this effect was signed by Mohammed Saif Al-Suwaidi, Director General of ADFD, and Thabo Sophonea, Lesotho’s Minister of Finance.
The water supply system will provide 9,000 cubic metres of clean water per day, enough to meet the water needs of the Butha-Buthe population and its industrial sector through 2045.
This project, which is in line with the third and sixth goals of the Sustainable Development Goals and supports Lesotho’s strategic infrastructure development objectives, will help reduce cases of water-borne illness and disease due to water pollution by 50% while contributing to job creation and economic development in the district.
Al-Suwaidi said: "This project contributes to the long-term water security of Lesotho while representing the Fund's commitment to support the development of sustainable clean water sources and infrastructure in developing countries in line with the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will provide a reliable clean water resource to meet multiple needs of the Butha-Buthe District’s residents, including improving water quality, safety and efficiency while supporting economic development of Lesotho.”
Sophonea expressed his gratitude to the UAE and ADFD for their ongoing support of priority development projects in Lesotho. He also praised the pioneering role played by the Fund in assisting developing countries to achieve their development goals, support economic growth and help revitalise societies.
He said: "The loan agreement will help us to mitigate the water supply challenges that Lesotho faces and enable us to modernise the water supply system in Butha-Buthe, facilitate continuous access to clean water to meet the needs of the population in the district and enhance our capabilities to better manage our water resources.”
The project will include the construction of a water barrier and outlet on the Hololo River with a capacity of 76,000 cubic metres per day as well as a water treatment and purification plant with a capacity of 45,000 cubic metres per day. The project will also include installation of a network of water transmission and distribution lines with a total length of 350 km, 25 pumping stations and 42 water tanks to deliver clean water to residents of the district.
ADFD's developmental activities in Lesotho began in 1978 with a total value of AED84 million financed by the Fund to date. Projects in the country supported by ADFD include the Metolong Dam project, Maseru International Airport and the engineering studies for the airport.-- TradeArabia News Service