18th African Water Association Congress opens in Nairobi Monday

February 22, 2016 7:00 am
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Building on the success of past events, this year’s congress will revolve around the theme of “sustainable access to water and sanitation in Africa”/XINHUA-File
Building on the success of past events, this year’s congress will revolve around the theme of “sustainable access to water and sanitation in Africa”/XINHUA-File
NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 22 – Kenya will on Monday host the 18th African Water Association (AfWA) Congress in Nairobi.

The congress on water and sanitation that will be opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta brings together experts, leaders and stakeholders in the field of water and sanitation for a comprehensive overview and solution- seeking mission of this crucial commodity in Africa.

The congress will take place at the Kenyatta International Convention Center from February 22-25, 2016.

The congress important because it brings together public and private stakeholders from the global water and sanitation sectors and enables them to share international best practices in order to find solutions towards the water problem in Africa and improve regional water, sanitation and environmental practices and strengthen private-public practices.

Building on the success of past events, this year’s congress will revolve around the theme of “sustainable access to water and sanitation in Africa” and will focus on capacity development, service delivery, urban sanitation and urban water management as topics of deliberation.

AfWA 2016 will feature a series of smaller seminars, exhibitions and workshops, focused on particular areas of water and sanitation. From local content issues to understanding and Africa’s water and sanitation issues, the congress is explicitly solutions focused, rather than diagnostic, providing permanent and feasible solutions to the challenges and problems in the sector.

The congress has representation from all over the world with more than 40 African member countries sending representatives.

From local content issues to understanding Zambia’s monetary policy, the conference will cover a range of issues that matter to key stakeholders. Participants of the conference can also enjoy a host of social events during their time in Lusaka. There is also a chance for delegates to participate in the ZIMEC 2014 Raffle, with winners awarded at the Official Closing Ceremony on June 25.

This year’s key note speakers will include Gabriel Negatu and Remi Fritsch of the African Development Bank, Prof Fred Segor of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Kenya, Kone Doulaye of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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