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Ghana Starts $595 Million Sanitation Project for Capital

Ghana has started a $595 million project to improve sanitation, sewerage and storm-water drainage in the capital, Accra, a growing city where more than a third of households use public toilets.

The five-year project will be carried out by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, the city authority, in partnership with Conti Infrastructure Ghana Ltd., the local unit of Edison, New Jersey-based Conti Group.

The project will “alleviate the flooding and insanitary conditions” in the city, according to an e-mailed statement from President John Dramani Mahama’s office today.

The Export-Import Bank of the United States, the World Bank and Standard Chartered Plc will finance the project, the state-owned Ghana News Agency reported.

Accra’s population grew 28 percent to 4 million in the decade to 2010, according to the nation’s census. Of the capital’s 1.04 million households, 34 percent use public washrooms while 8.2 percent have no toilet facilities, according to the study conducted by the Ghana Statistical Service.

Ghana has West Africa’s second-biggest economy, worth $39 billion, and is the world’s second-largest producer of cocoa.

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