Date: April 1, 2009, 7:56 pm


WATER WILL NOT BE PRIVATIZED IN GHANA AVRL


This statement by the Aqua Vitens Rand Limited is in reaction to a press statement made at a press conference by the Essential Services Platform ... please read on A fact sheet on the five year management contract between Aqua Vitens Rand Limited and the Ghana Water Company Limited says it is not the policy of AVRL to participate in privatization of water. It said the two entities that own AVRL, Vitens from Holland and Rand Water from south Africa were both public sector entities and would not be interested in privatization of Ghanas water sector should the government even decide on that. The AVRL contract is not a privatization and it is not AVRL corporate or social policy to participate in privatization to undertake financial investments, the fact sheet said. In spite of what the contract said, and the several efforts ton the part of the AVRL to explain that the contact only mandated them to manage the urban water system to restore the financial stability of the water sector and to assist GWCL to increase access to piped water, several critics till date continue to insist that AVRLs involvement in the water sector still constitute privatization. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> OIL 'HOT SPOT' GHANA MUST PROCEED WITH CAUTION  ISODEC/ OXFAM AMERICA Date Posted : 2009-02-19 17:21:21 The Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC) and Oxfam America wish to state that there is the need for Ghana to make significant changes to support transparent, accountable and efficient development of the oil industry and the government revenue it will generate on the verge of an oil boom that could bring billions into the country. Ghana's recent discovery, the major offshore "Jubilee" oil field has generated enormous interest in the country's oil production potential. While this would seem to be good news for Ghana, historically, the exploitation of natural resources in Africa has far too often led to increased poverty and conflict, a phenomenon often referred to as "resource curse."



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