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Ambassador touts Taiwan-backed water plan in Sao Tome and Principe

Ambassador touts Taiwan-backed water plan in Sao Tome and Principe

Taipei, July 1 (CNA) A water management plan devised by a Taiwanese company in Sao Tome and Principe may take years to complete, but it has already shown how Taiwan can improve the economic development of a diplomatic ally through a cooperative venture, a diplomat said Wednesday.
John Chen, Taiwan's ambassador to the West African country, voiced the hope at a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) briefing in Taipei that the project could help every family in the African island country have access to tap water as soon as possible.
According to Chen, after being briefed by officials of the Taiwan-based CECI Engineering Consultants, Inc. on the project, Sao Tome and Principe Prime Minister Joaquim Rafael Branco said he attaches great importance to the water management plan, Chen said the project will not only supply water for household use but will also provide farmers with water for irrigation and businesses with water for industrial use in the country, which is one of Taiwan's 23 diplomatic allies and lies off the coast of western equatorial Africa.
The company spent two years in working out the comprehensive water management plan for the country, which is rich in water resources but has lacked an adequate plan on how to manage them, MOFA officials said.
(By Flor Wang)




Updated : 2021-04-20 04:18 GMT+08:00