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DAKAR, SENEGAL – (September 27, 2006) Increasing the capacity for wastewater collection and treatment in Dakar is the goal of a USTDA grant awarded today to the Senegalese Ministry of Prevention, Public Hygiene, Sanitation and Urban Water Works.  The $418,908 grant will be used to conduct early investment analysis on the implementation of wastewater collection and treatment facilities in support of the Ministry’s efforts to improve sanitation conditions in Dakar.


The Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Senegal, Mr. Robert P. Jackson, and the Minister of Prevention, Public Hygiene, Sanitation and Urban Water Works, Dr. Issa Mbaye Samb, signed an agreement on behalf of the U.S. and Senegalese governments, respectively, which officially conferred the grant.  Ms. Cynthia Griffin Greene, Regional Senior Commercial Officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Mr. Amadou Dieng, Director General of the Senegalese National Office of Sanitation (ONAS), were present at the signing ceremony. 


Urbanization and industrialization have contributed significantly to the scale of pollution in Senegal, particularly in areas such as Dakar.  Like many other countries in the region, considerable investment is required before public infrastructure elements such as wastewater treatment, sewerage and storm drainage are capable of supporting economic and urban growth, reducing poverty and enabling sustainable development.  The USTDA grant awarded today will support these efforts by funding an evaluation of the technical alternatives available to develop a wastewater treatment facility, and analysis of the rehabilitation and expansion of wastewater collection in the Corniche West region of Dakar. 


The opportunity to conduct the study under the grant awarded today will be competed on the Federal Business Opportunities website at  Interested U.S. firms should submit proposals according to the instructions contained in the Federal Business Opportunities announcement.  In collaboration with the Office National de l’Assainissement du Senegal, the Ministry of Prevention, Public Hygiene, Sanitation, and Urban Water Works will select the U.S. contractor that will provide the training.


The U.S. Trade and Development Agency advances economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries.  The agency funds various forms of technical assistance, early investment analysis, training, orientation visits and business workshops that support the development of a modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment.  USTDA’s strategic use of foreign assistance funds to support sound investment policy and decision-making in host countries creates an enabling environment for trade, investment and sustainable economic development.  In carrying out its mission, USTDA gives emphasis to economic sectors that may benefit from U.S. exports of goods and services.