Zambia and The Netherlands have signed a grant agreement of 900, 000 EUROS for detailed design works for Solwezi Water and Sanitation Works, which, once implemented and completed, will benefit over 100,000 inhabitants.
The agreement was signed by Finance Minister Felix Mutati and ROBERT DIJKSTERHUIS, a member of the Board of International Programs of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency on behalf of the Netherlands.
Mr. Mutati said Zambia is resolved in quickening the pace of development and implementing attendant measures.
At the Sustainable Development Summit held in New York, United States of America, on 25 September, 2015, UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030.
And Mr. Mutati said that the agreement with The Netherlands marks an important milestone in putting 100,000 residents of the Solwezi community on an inclusive and sustainable course through provision of safe, clean, piped and functional water and sanitation services.
Sustainable Development Goal 6 goes beyond drinking water, sanitation and hygiene to also address the quality and sustainability of water resources, critical to the survival of people and the planet.
The 2030 Agenda recognizes the centrality of water resources to sustainable development, and the vital role that improved drinking water; sanitation and hygiene play in progress in other areas, including health, education and poverty reduction.