African agency seeks management of Volta Basin

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) invites applications for pre-qualification to help develop an integrated management program for the Volta River Basin. Responses are due November 30.

ECOWAS delegated a regional water resources coordinator, Coordonnateur Regional de l’Unite de Coordination des Ressources en Eaux (UCRE) to seek technical assistance to a program of integrated management of transborder river basins in Africa.

The current solicitation is for the Volta River Basin, which affects six riparian countries, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Benin, and Mali. (HNN 10/19/06) The African Water Facility recently granted 165,000 euros (US$199,590) to help establish the Volta Basin Authority to manage the Volta River Basin and promote strategic water resources development, including hydropower. (HNN 5/2/06)

With a budget of 1.25 million euros (US$1.59 million) the technical assistance is to be carried out in 27 months. It involves establishment of a program management unit and coordination with institutional and technical entities in the basin countries.

Applications for pre-qualification, in French, must be submitted using a standard application form available from the European Union Internet site, http://ec.europa.eu/comm/europeaid/tender/practical_guide_2006/annexes_edf_fr.htm. The envelope must be marked with the contract title and publication reference, Programme pour la gestion integree des bassins transfrontaliers en Afrique. Cas du bassin de la Volta, EuropeAid/124132/D/SER/BF.

UCRE plans to select a short list of four to eight bidders to receive invitations to bid in January. Work is expected to begin in May.

Applications are due by mail or hand delivery to the address below by 5 p.m. November 30. For information, contact CEDEAO � UCRE, 11 BP 1437 Ouagadougou 11 Burkina Faso.

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