Congo Republic Planning 193 Billion CFA Francs in Water Projects

The Republic of Congo is planning 193 billion CFA francs ($390 million) in projects to bring safe drinking water to more rural communities, Radio Congo reported, citing Minister of Planning Jean-Jacques Bouya.

The “Water for All” program announced on Aug. 3 will address water shortages in at least 2,000 of some of the most under-served villages, Bouya said, according to Radio Congo.

Asperbras, based in Brazil, has been awarded a tender to drill water wells, the radio station reported. While about half of people have access to clean water in Congo’s cities, only 10 percent can tap safe water supplies in the countryside, according to the Ministry of Energy and Hydraulics.

The oil-producing country of 4.4 million people has a annual gross domestic product of $14 billion, according to the World Bank. The economy is forecast to grow 5.8 percent next year from 6.4 percent this year, according to the International Monetary Fund.

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