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AfDB urges African countries to increase water funding

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) advised African countries to increase funding in water projects in the face of water crisis facing the continent.

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Mohamed El Azizi, AfDB Director for Water and Sanitation Department, said for Africa to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals there must be political commitment, prioritization of water and sanitation issues, as well as more budget allocation to the water and sanitation sector.

El Azizi told a news conference in the east African nation's business capital Dar es Salaam that the AfDB has financed a number of water and sanitation projects in Africa, including Tanzania.

He was speaking at the ongoing 6th Africa Water Week whose theme was achieving the Sustainable Development Goals on Water Security and Sanitation.

"At the African Development Bank we are already supporting large scale water and sanitation projects like the Arusha Sustainable Urban Water and Sanitation Project in Tanzania which will cost over $200 million," he said.

He said the AfDB was satisfied with Tanzania's commitment to the implementation of water and sanitation projects.

Since 2001 the AfDB has approved a total of nine water and sanitation projects in Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar at a total cost of $700 million.

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