Sunday, February 1, 2009

Spain Donates $50 Million for Water

The Spanish government gave Guatemala approximately Q380 million for the treatment of water in municipalities that do not have water treatment facilities.

Trinidad Jimenez Garcia, Spanish secretary of State for Latin America, announced at a press conference that the donation is held by the Interamerican Development Bank (IDB) and is to provide piped water to the poorest municipalities. "It's like a gift because it will not be refundable.. It remains under study by the Ministry of Finance to allocate a budget ceiling and to begin investing as soon as possible," said Miguel Angel Ibarra, Vice Chancellor.

The donation includes pipeline projects for water which will be handled by the Fondo de Agua Potable.

The Spanish official also reported a contribution of 8 million Euros for Central America, aimed at improving public safety.

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