The World Bank signed Wednesday a 66-million-U.S. dollar grant agreement, through its International Development Association (IDA), with The Gambia to provide access to grid-connected electricity in the West African country.
The World Bank Country Director Louise Cord said the World Bank was committed to a long-term process aimed at boosting regional electricity access, building regional and national capacity strengthening to support implementation of the Regional Electricity Access Project (REAP).
REAP is a project of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), which regards reducing energy poverty a priority since close to half of the ECOWAS population does not have access to electricity.
The Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Mamburay Njie said the agreement was in line with The Gambia’s National Development Plan, and “it will change the lives of the rural household and reduce rural-urban migration”.
Pedro E. Sanchez, lead energy specialist for World Bank, said access to electricity was crucial for The Gambia to realize the full potential of their human capital. Enditem