Thursday, August 26, 2010

US$7 million Australian grants for water and sanitation

Australia will provide about seven million US dollar to Bangladesh as a grant for ensuring access to clean water and sanitation to four lakh marginal people of country's three southwestern coastal districts.
The grant will channel through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) as an additional aid to the existing Hygiene, Sanitation and Water Supply (HYSAWA) Fund of the governments of Bangladesh and Denmark.
The Australian support will enable the HYSAWA fund to extend its coverage from 513 to 553 Union Parishads, benefiting an additional 400,000 people in the Khulna, Bagerhat and Satkhira districts, Australian High Commission source said here today.
Australia's new involvement in water and sanitation development of Bangladesh reflects an overall increase in the bilateral development cooperation program, it said.
Australia's assistance in Bangladesh has reached 70 million Australian dollars in 2010-11 fiscal year, which is double comparing with the 2006-07 fiscal.
Bangladesh is currently the eighth largest bilateral recipient of Australian government development assistance globally, the source added.
An arrangement detailing Australia's support for HYSAWA was exchanged between Australian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Dr Justin Lee, Denmark's Charge d' Affaires Jan Moller Hansen and the Chair of HYSAWA's Governing Board Manzur Hossain, at a ceremony at the High Commissioner's residence on Wednesday night.
Secretary of the Economic Relations Division M Musharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, the Managing Director of HYSAWA Dr Enamul Kabir, Denmark's Ambassador-designate Svend Olling and AusAID's Dhaka head Rachel Payne were present on the occasion.

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