KfW Lends Albania Euro 47 mln for Water Supply Systems
Albanian Daily News
Published April 19, 2017

The government of Albania representatives signed Tuesday at the venues of the Ministry of Finances in Tirana, three financial agreements with the German Development Bank KfW. The agreements of financial cooperation on municipal infrastructure program 3 and 4 were signed by Minister of Finance Arben Ahmetaj, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Sokol Dervishaj, the ambassador of Germany to Albania Susanne Schutz, the Swiss ambassador Christoph Graf as well as representatives of the German Bank for Development KfW.

Minister Ahmetaj praised as very important the three agreements for funding the municipal infrastructure program III / IV, water supply and canalization projects in Berat-Kuçova, Delvina, Gjirokastra, Kamza, Librazhd and Lushnja. The three funds, with a total value amounting to 47 million Euros, will be accorded by the KfW through three financial agreements: Loan of the German Government at the amount of 35 million EUR, Grant of the Swiss government (SECO) at the amount of 10, 4 million EUR, and grant of the German government at the value of 2 million Euros”.

“The municipal infrastructure program III / IV will make a contribution to the improvement of the water supply and canalization system at the municipalities included in the program Berat-Kuçovë, Delvinë, Gjirokastra, Kamza, Librazhd and Lushnja. They are determined according to the priorities set in the Waterworks and Canalization National Master plan as well as the need to finalize the investments made during the previous stages of the program. The objective of the program is to ensure a sustainable service that can be coped financially for the supply with potable water, collection, removal and treatment of the waters used by the population in the cities included in the program. Likewise, it aims to improve performance of the waterworks and canalization enterprises of these City halls,” said Ahmetaj.

On his part, Minister Dervishaj emphasized that, “The signing of these agreements is of extraordinary interest for the citizens. Today, we formalize advance of the development projects of regional infrastructure through stages 3 and 4, following a very successful process together with the KfW, the local government, but even with other relevant institutions, of the stage 3 and 4. Together with the German ambassador we have seen advance of these projects like the inauguration of the new Saranda Waterworks.”

“The deepening of cooperation with Germany is yielding concrete fruits for the Albanian citizens. Today, we pave the way to advance with stages 3 and 4, through investment in waterworks and canalization in 8 cities of an amount of 47 million Euros. The city halls that benefit are those of Delvina, Kuçova, Berati, Gjirokastra, Lushnja, Prrenjasi, Kamza and Librazhdi. At the end of these projects, we put an end to problems with water supply of these areas and make possible their non-stop supply,” said Dervishaj.

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