Friday, June 11, 2010

Equatorial Guinea Enhancing Public Health With Investments in New Sewage and Drainage System

As a part of a multi-year program to upgrade and enhance the infrastructure of the country, the government of Equatorial Guinea (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) is targeting completion of a new network system for sewage and wastewater treatment and rainwater in the city of Malabo. The two-year project commenced in August 2008.

"This new system will provide the people of Malabo with improved sanitary and safety conditions," said Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism. "The government of Equatorial Guinea is committed to investing in the betterment of the country as a whole, and this project is just one of many that are ongoing."

The Ministry of Public Works and Infrastructure is overseeing the project, with the Directorate General of Public Works responsible for its completion. Drinking water projects are underway across Equatorial Guinea. In different localities, such as Bata and Mongomo, the government has also undertaken the construction of water treatment plants that will provide potable running water to the population. The government has partnered with international companies such as Hyundai for these large-scale infrastructure projects.

The project will serve Malabo's more than 100,000 residents, roughly one-sixth of the country's population. Equatorial Guinea continues to make investments in the country through use of funds related to its natural resources. For example, the government has placed a priority on developing the agriculture and tourism sectors to diversify the economy and create jobs for its citizens. This is intended to open the country to increased foreign investment and interest.

Other ministries, such as the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, are also completing and commencing development projects in their respective sectors.