On 09th of September, H.E. Arturo Luzzi, the Ambassador of Italy to Ethiopia, and H.E. Yasmin Wohabrebbi, the State Minister of Economic Cooperation of the Ministry of Finance of Ethiopia signed in Addis Ababa the bilateral agreement for the implementation of the “Rural Wash in Oromia” project. The agreement was also signed by Mr. Fabio Melloni, Head ad interim of AICS Addis Ababa Office.
With a budget of 2 Million Euros on grant, the project will be implemented through the Regional Water Bureau of Oromia. The project aims to improve rural natural resources management in the Oromia Region and focuses on increasing safe water supply, sanitation, and hygiene services, and to strengthen the capacity for water resources management and service delivery in rural areas of the selected Woredas in South West – Shewa Zone.
As Mr. Fabio Melloni, Head ad interim of AICS Addis Ababa Office declared while signing:
“The overall objective of the Project is to improve the living and health conditions of target communities in Oromia by rehabilitating and extend the water and sanitation services in the selected rural areas. In this challenging time, the provision of safe water and the improvement of sanitation, and hygiene services in rural areas is key to enhance the resilience of the community to environmental and sanitary emergencies like the current one. AICS is strongly committed to contributing to strengthening the capacity of long-term sustainable water resources management and service delivery in Ethiopia”.
The Project falls within the Ethio-Italian Cooperation Country Framework 2017-19 whose portfolio is of 125 Million Euros. The Country Framework is aimed at contributing to the integrated, inclusive, and sustainable development and follows the guiding Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation Principles of strengthening the Country ownership and reinforcing mutual accountability as well as promoting a win-win partnership.