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World Bank Satisfied with NWSC Project Management

NWSC Board Chairman Eng. Christopher Ebal explains the scope of the Arua Water and Sanitation Project in May, 2016

The World Bank midterm review implementation support mission for the Water Development and Management Project (WMDP) has found the performance of projects under the Ministry of Water and Environment (MWE) and National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) to be satisfactory.

The satisfactory rating is contained in an Aide Memoire to the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Water and Environment dated June 24, mind http://cgdt.org.br/plugins/system/jat3/base-themes/default/page/component.php 2016.

“Based on mission findings, project implementation is rated as Satisfactory, with all components currently rated as satisfactory. This rating reflects the overall progress made in implementation and disbursement on the project,” the letter reads in part.

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The World Bank noted that the absorption of funds has increased, “Funds utilization is accelerating with increased project activities and bottlenecks to implementation are now addressed.”

Some of the NWSC projects funded by the World Bank include Arua and Bushenyi priority works.

In terms of disbursements as at May 10, 2016 total disbursement to the project amounted to USD 47, 273, 647.06 (approx. shs 160 billion) representing 38.29% of the signed amount with 50% of the project period having elapsed (the project was declared  effective in August 2013 and runs to December 2018)

The Bank expects to spend a further USD 76 million based on the satisfactory performance.

The World Bank also noted that both MWE and NWSC submitted their audited financial statements within the deadline of December 31, 2015. Both reports were unqualified and represented good financial management.

The mission which reviewed the performance of World Bank funded projects from May 9-20, 2016 held detailed discussions with each component team focusing on achievements to-date and lessons learned.  A stakeholder Workshop was also held attended by all key stakeholders including district officials, development partners, and line ministries to review the implementation and achievements made.

The WMDP works across the country supporting development and capacity building of two water management zones (Kyoga and Upper Nile). The project also covers priority investments related to the environmental offset that complements the Bujagali Hydropower Project.

Another component of the project supports priority water supply infrastructure and sanitation/sewerage services in the towns and municipalities of Arua, Gulu, Ishaka Bushenyi, Mbale, Rukungiri, Busia, Butaleja-Busolwe, Budaka-Kadama-Tirinyi, Kumi-Nyero-Ngora, Pallisa, Katwe-Kabatoro and Koboko.

The project is expected to contribute to high level goals of sustaining natural resources, improving service delivery and increasing economic productivity.

The Aide Memoire emphasized, diligent contract management, continuous environment al and social safeguards management and diligent monitoring and tracking of results.

NWSC currently operates in 167 towns and urban centres in Uganda having been in only 24 towns three years ago.

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