U.A.E. spends AED1b on water supply in 61 countries

ABU DHABI: U.A.E. has offered more than AED one billion in foreign aid between 2009-2013 to help ensure water supply in 61 countries, according to the Ministry of Development and International Co-operation (MICAD).

AED494.4 million of the AED1.014 billion were channeled to improve basic water supply to households in the targeted countries of which Afghanistan emerged as the top recipient with AED231 million, MICAD said citing figures from a report it released following the launch yesterday of U.A.E. Suqia Initiative (charity water) by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to provide clean drinking water to five million people worldwide.

AED352 million of the U.A.E.’s aid contributed to the development of river basins in different countries with Sudan receiving the lion’s share of AED152.3 million.

Of the AED53 million channeled to the development of infrastructure of maritime transport, Pakistan received the lion’s share (AED22.8) followed by Egypt (AED15.9).

Of the AED52.2 million targeting public health in water sector, Afghanistan again topped the list of recipients with AED16 million.

AED36 million were channeled to different countries to improve large water supply systems with Montenegro emerging as the top recipient with around AED24 million.

Of the total amount, AED21.6 million were spent on large public health services, AED11.3 million on basic public health services and AED153 million on various water supply and sewage projects in recipient countries.