Canada to Support Ghana’s Esiama Water Supply System Project

Project to supply water to Esiama and parts of the Western Region.

By Chriselle Moraes on
7th August 2022

The Canadian Government is in talks with the Ghanaian Government about constructing a water supply system for the town of Esiama in the Nzema East Municipal District of the Western Region of Ghana.

The project was discussed during a courtesy call on Ghana's Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, by the Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana, Katie Csaba. The system will boost potable water supply for the Esiama community and its surroundings in the Western Region, and help improve quality of life and meet health and sanitation demands in the catchment area.

Map of Districts of the Western Region of Ghana (Ahanta | Wikipedia Commons)
Map of Districts of the Western Region of Ghana (Ahanta | Wikipedia Commons)

Csaba stated that the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) is ready to begin a detailed study on the Esiama project. The CCC would also take on the risk of contracting a Canadian supplier for project implementation, ensuring that the receiving government would not have to engage directly in negotiations with the company.

“This programme is far less risky than going directly and procuring a company to deliver these services, as in this situation, it is the government of Canada through its commercial cooperation that will be executing the project,” said Katie Csaba.

Speaking further, Katie Csaba said that after a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the project is signed, the two governments would partner directly with each other and not with the project executors.

The project will help deepen ties between the two countries and build a relationship based on investment links and the existing developmental activities.

Canada has helped in providing drinking water, sanitation, and water facilities to the Northern region for several years. Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) facilities have also been set up in eight regions across the country to support low-income households and improve sanitation facilities for their homes. 

Canada has also supported 25 healthcare facilities in the Upper East Region by providing water and sanitation support, especially for newborns and healthcare workers.  

Top Photo: Water Pumping Station - Stock Image (Shime | Dreamstime)

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