The Ghana Water Company Limited, the Tema Metropolitan Assembly and the City of Aarhus, Denmark, have on 17th June, 2019, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a programme of cooperation on urban water and waste water 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, waste water 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 storm water 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 the cooperation.
The parties to the 3-year MoU have entered into 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, Ing. Dr. Clifford Braimah, Hon. Felix Mensah Nii Annang-La, on behalf of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly one hand and the Mayor of the City of Aarhus, Jacob Bundsgaard on the other hand.
The Ghanaian Ambassador to Denmark, H.E. Mrs. Amerley Ollenu Awua-Asamoa, and her counterpart, H.E. Tove Degnbol, the Danish Ambassador to Ghana, and some officials from GWCL and TMA were present at the signing ceremony.
As part of the programme, 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 waste water treatment plants and a modern water treatment plant.
Under the Tema Restoration Agenda, the Mayor, Felix Mensah Nii Annang-La, and the Managing Director of the Ghana Water Company Limited, 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.
The team has since returned Ghana, ready for action.
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