Angola Taps EU, Unicef Funding to Train Water Workers

Angola, where less than half of the population has access to clean water, plans to build a complex in the southwest African nation to help train water workers with funding assistance from the European Union and Unicef.

The funding agreement signed Thursday in Luanda, capital of Africa’s largest crude oil producer after Nigeria, will aid 2,500 government employees from 2017 at a center near Catete, the organizations said in an e-mail.

Sixty percent of Angola’s 24 million people have access to sanitation and 43 percent to safe water as a drought from 2012 through 2014 in southern provinces bordering Namibia impacted the nation.

Angola, still rebuilding from a 27-year civil war that ended in 2002, is cutting its budget by 25 percent because of low oil prices. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has said some infrastructure projects will be delayed. Angola is refurbishing and building new hydroelectric power dams to boost generation fivefold to 9,000 megawatts of capacity by 2025.

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