Accra strengthens ties with France to improve sanitation


A delegation from the City of Paris and  the French Embassy have called on the Chief Executive Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Mohammed Adjei Sowah , to hold bilateral talks on waste management and other possible areas of cooperation to improve sanitary condition in the city.

 Mayor Sowah, who welcomed the team to the City Hall appreciated their coming adding that this was part of the signs of deepening relationship between Accra and Paris, adding that technical knowledge and capacity building were key ingredients in developing the skills of the waste management department and professionals in managing a growing city. 

Sustainability and Resilience Advisor to the AMA , Desmond Appiah , highlighted steps in the  city's waste management chain, touching on the role of the informal waste collectors and the job opportunity it creates, as well as the  Monitoring and Evaluation role of   the  Assembly's waste management department. 

He emphasised the need for knowledge sharing to build the capacity of staff, who operate within the waste management department of the Assembly, adding that this would go a long way to help transfer knowledge to ensure a clean city. 

The team also held a brief meeting with officials of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly's waste management department to understand the functions and operations of the outfit as well as some of the challenges they faced.

The team who are on a 5 day working visit to Accra are expected to familiarize themselves with the activities of some waste management installations within the city.

They would be meeting the Environmental Service Provides Association (ESPA), Jekora Ventures, as well as visit the Accra Integrated Composting and Recycling Plant    (ICRP), a number of Transfer Stations and informal sector operators in both collection and recycling among others.