Africa

World Bank funds more Senegal River development

The World Bank board has approved US$111.4 million in funding for the Senegal River Basin Multi-Purpose Water Resource Development program, linking the nations of Senegal, Guinea, Mali, and Mauritania.

The bank approved US$93.4 million in International Development Association (IDA) credits and an US$18 million IDA grant for the program to enhance regional integration among the riparian countries of the Senegal River Basin.

The bank said consultants are to be recruited for the program.

The funding goes to the same recipients of recent World Bank funding to support the West Africa Power Pool initiative. The bank approved US$75 million in IDA credits to Mali, Mauritania, and Senegal to finance construction of the 59-MW Felou hydroelectric project on the Senegal River in Mali.

For information on procurement for the multi-purpose water resource program, contact the three-nation Senegal River development organization: High Commissioner Mohamed Salem Ould Merzoug, Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Senegal (OMVS), 46 rue Carnot, BP 3152 Dakar, Senegal; (221) 823-4530; Fax: (221) 822-0163; E-mail: [email protected]