GIS - 19 February, 2016: A Reimbursable Advisory Services (RAS) agreement for the improvement of the water supply throughout Mauritius was signed yesterday in Port Louis between the World Bank (WB) and the Government of Mauritius.
The signatories were the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Mr Ivan Collendavelloo, and the World Bank Country Director for Mauritius, Mr Mark Lundell.
RAS provides for the establishment of parameters under which the World Bank will provide assistance to Mauritius to improving the water security across the country in the context of adaptation to climate change and also aims at fostering a self-financing sustainability of the water sector over a 10-year horizon.
The agreement will be implemented in two phases. Phase 1 will consist of the diagnostic, strategic recommendations and a road map for a Public Private Partnership (PPP) transaction and accompanying reforms for the water sector. Phase 2 will comprise of the implementation of the PPP transaction and accompanying water sector reforms.
It will also include a study of the institutional framework of the Central Water Authority (CWA), its operations and activities with focus on assessing the appropriate structure and form of PPP and selecting the appropriate and feasible PPP option based on current legal and environmental framework, including the financial conditions for such PPP.
In his address, the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Mr Ivan Collendavelloo, expressed his determination to modernise the water sector and make of it a success story. He underlined that efficiency and performance accompanied by good principles of governance and transparency will henceforth be the guiding force of the CWA.
Minister Collendavelloo welcomed the initiative of the WB in providing assistance to help address the water issues in the country. According to him, the WB remains one of the main partners for Mauritius. He further qualified the WB as a catalyst for change par excellence in our new development scenario while supporting the new economic strategy with the provision of appropriate resources for the country.
For his part, the World Bank Country Director for Mauritius, Mr Mark Lundell, reiterated the WB’s support to address an important development priority in Mauritius which is the water constraints. According to him, the RAS agreement represents the cornerstone of a comprehensive World Bank Group support package to water sector development in the country combined with technical assistance and financial guarantees.
The WB has so far extended assistance in various areas in Mauritius in view of strengthening the resilience, diversity and competitiveness of the economy. It will be recalled that the new WB Country Partnership framework will focus on business facilitation, ocean economy, education and training, the response to floods, research and innovation, the Africa strategy and the water sector modernisation.
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