14 Apr 2016 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 14 APR (NAMPA) - The Namibian government on Thursday reconfirmed its commitment to providing potable water and proper sanitation facilities to thousands of people living in southern Angola.
The support is part of the Kunene Transboundary Water Supply Project (KTWSP) initiative and other related bilateral agreements between the two neighbouring countries to help improve the water supply for about 700 000 people living in towns, settlements and villages in southern Angola and northern Namibia for domestic consumption, irrigation and industry.
This agreement was entered into by the representatives of the two governments in June 2012.
Minister of Mines and Energy, Obeth Kandjoze and Angola's Minister of Energy and Water Joao Baptista on Thursday issued a communique on the resolutions taken during their meeting, also attended by ministers responsible for agriculture and forestry, held here Wednesday.
The Namibian government again re-confirmed its commitment to supply clean drinking water to the towns of Santa Clara, Ondjiva and villages in southern Angola as per the current standing arrangements on the bilateral cooperation on the supply of water to the Angolan settlements and people residing along the two countries' common border, said Kandjoze as he read the joint communique.
In respect of the Calueque Dam, the ministers of the two countries responsible for agriculture and water supply strongly emphasised the strategic importance of that dam for the water supply security of both countries and for the regulation of flow downstream, and have also in unison noted the efforts of the government of Angola in the rehabilitation works on that dam.
The dam is situated on the Kunene River in the Kunene Province of southern Angola.
The ministers responsible for the supply of water in the two countries noted the urgency of establishing operation and maintenance procedures for the Calueque Dam as well as the provision of the required human and financial resources to ensure that the Calueque Dam rehabilitation project benefits both countries as per the 1969 Water Use Agreement, explained Kandjoze.
It is reported that the rehabilitation of the dam is necessary after it suffered extensive damage during Angolas 27 years of civil war.
The two ministers also agreed to invest more human and financial resources in the rehabilitation of the water supply infrastructure to the Angolan towns of Santa Clara and Ondjiva, as well as for the proper improvement of the 150-kilometre Calueque-Oshakati open water canal.
Speaking before he signed the joint communique, Baptista said the KTWSP initiative has improved the understanding of the water supply in Namibia and Angola, and helped strengthen the management of the Kunene River basin, including providing access to badly needed funds for the maintenance of the infrastructure.