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China readying water cooperation funds for El Salvador

Bnamericas Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
China readying water cooperation funds for El Salvador

Almost seven months after the governments of China and El Salvador established diplomatic relations, the US$150mn cooperation deal that the Asian giant pledged to El Salvador seems to be advancing.

At a joint press conference (in photo) with Chinese ambassador Ou Jianhong on Tuesday, El Salvador's foreign minister Carlos Castaneda said the progress made on the bilateral cooperation program includes the donation of 10 water tankers which arrived in the country in recent days.

The tankers will be used to supply water to residents in the metropolitan area of capital San Salvador and will be operated by national water utility ANDA, the minister said.

Under the deal inked during a visit by President Salvador Sánchez to China in November, the cooperation aid will be used to boost the country's social and productive areas.

Meanwhile, Ou said that some more of the aid will focus on the water and sanitation sector, local news portal El Salvador.com reported.

Chinese authorities are looking to fund efforts to enhance the water supply and sewerage systems in rural areas in the short term, the ambassador said without specifying the amount involved.

El Salvador cut diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of China last year, as other countries in the region such as the Dominican Republic and Panama had also done recently.

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