Infrastructure: Primed for Investment

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As a developing country, Ghana's infrastructure needs are many and diverse. The main areas of concern are water and sanitation, telecommunications, electricity, and roads and transport.

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Water and Sanitation

Ghana's water sector is segmented into two parts, identified as the Urban Water sector and Community Water sector.

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The Urban Water sector comprises about 87 cities and towns where the national water utility-the Ghana Water Company Limited (GWCL)-owns and manages water supply. The sector is under the dual authority of the Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing (MWRWH) and of the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Environment (MLGRDE).

The Community Water sector deals with over 16,000 rural communities and some 287 small towns. Management of water supply is the responsibility of District Assemblies with a facilitation and oversight role by the Community Water and Sanitation Agency (CWSA). Municipal assemblies and districts are responsible for investment, operation and maintenance of water and sanitation infrastructure within the community water sector. …