The Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL), Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) and City of Aarhus in Denmark have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a programme of cooperation to improve water, sanitation.
The collaboration will focus on urban water and wastewater management as part of the basis for creating a more sustainable and livable city.
The programme is for mutual benefit and to promote an open exchange, cooperation and demonstration of solutions for urban water management, sustainable water supply, wastewater treatment and solid waste management.
The other areas of the cooperation include City planning, creation and improvement of recreational areas, climate change adaptation and plans for stormwater drainage.
The parties to the MoU will have reciprocal visits, especially by Technical Officials for knowledge exchange, workshops and training sessions related to the areas of cooperation. There will also be joint projects especially in the field of water management.
The Tema Metropolitan area and the City of Aarhus have a lot in common. The two Cities have almost the same population, several companies/industries including very large Port and Harbour. The difference is envisaged to be addressed by cooperation.
The parties to the three-year MoU have entered this cooperation in good faith and have agreed to collaborate in good faith to achieve the expected outcome.
The MoU was signed on behalf of the Ghana Water Company Limited by the Managing Director, Dr Clifford Braimah; Felix Mensah Nii Annang-La, on behalf of the TMA one hand and Mayor of the City of Aarhus, Jacob Bundsgaard on the other hand.
The Ghanaian Ambassador to Denmark, Amerley Ollenu Awua-Asamoa and her counterpart, Tove Degnbol the Danish Ambassador to Ghana, and some officials from GWCL and TMA were also present at the signing ceremony.
As part of the program, a meeting was arranged between several companies/industries of products related to water and the team from GWCL.
The team also visited some of these industries to acquaint themselves with their production especially their quality assurance.
Some of the companies/industries include Kamstrup, producers of smart meters, Grundfos producers of heavy-duty pumps, AVK, producers of valves, etc. The team also visited some wastewater treatment plants and a modern water treatment plant.
Under the Tema Restoration Agenda, Mr Annang-La and Dr Braimah pledged their utter commitment to the cooperation to see the city of Tema, transformed from its present state to a first-class contemporary industrial city.
Source:Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU