Transaqua Author Blasts U.S. "Water Security" Report
April 8, 2012 • 11:02AM

Italian engineer Marcello Vichi, author of the Congo water transfer program named "Transaqua," blasted the "Global Water Security" report newly released by the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence (see EIR Vol. 39, Issue 14). Vichi wonders whether "this is the current level of knowledge and awareness about facts" by the Office that collects information from 16 intelligence agencies of the Federal Government of the United States." The report claims that on the African continent, only the Nile River is a resource, "ignoring that soon it could no longer be a resource because of its exploitation, and ignoring that on the same continent there exists a river named Congo."

"Already in the 1970s scientists, scientific journalists and serious politicians had already launched a warning, but people were not yet dying for lack of water in the millions and nobody was concerned about the forecasts, albeit they were scientifically proven. Today, still only a few people are concerned, but [the media] are preparing the ground for 'more interesting,' 'more marketable' news to come."

Today 1.6 billion people are in need of water, the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) says, which "notoriously made great efforts to solve these problems at the root," Vichi sardonically remarked. That same FAO tells us that 10,000 persons a day die from drought. International media indifferently, with no criticism whatever, pick up the U.S. intelligence Water Report to claim that there is no solution to this tragedy.

The solution is at hand, but it is not wanted by the interests dominating the current economic and political global system. In the 1970s, Mr. Vichi developed on behalf of an Italian state company a project to transfer water from the Congo River to the dying Lake Chad, which if implemented would have solved all food problems in Africa and would have built a modern water, transport and energy infrastructure for Central Africa. Under the name of Transaqua, the project envisioned the transfer of 100 billion cubic meters of water annually (1.5 times the Rhine), a 2400 km long canal and 12.7 million hectares of agricultural development. One hundred million people would be fed by this project, the entire economy of the Central African region would be revived and the desertification of the Sahel region would be contained, helping to stem the mass migration from Africa into Europe.

The Transaqua project, developed by Vichi on behalf of Bonifica, a company belonging to the Italian state conglomerate IRI, was endorsed by all Central African leaders, but not one Western agency or government ever showed serious interest. When African civil wars and genocide fueled by European colonialist interests devastated Central Africa and IRI was privatized and dismembered under the Jacobin fury of the British-led assault to the Italian economy in 1992-1995, Transaqua seemed to be a buried proposition.

However, the LaRouche international organization and Mr. Vichi himself have independently kept the idea alive and in 2011 a renewed interest from Central African nations led to a conference in N'Djamena, Chad, on the issue of water transfer from the Congo River to Lake Chad. The presence of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, who was in favor of the project because of its potential to bring water to Libya as well, let people hope that financial capital would finally be found. We all know what happened to Qaddafi.

But Transaqua is not dead. It has been forcefully brought into the midst of the French Presidential election campaign by candidate Jacques Cheminade, who has included it as a key element in his economic program, forcing national media to pay attention to it.

If the Transatlantic economies want to avoid an economic collapse, they must go for projects such as Transaqua in Africa, or NAWAPA in North America, and implement a credit system able to finance them.