More than 1,000 delegates gathered at the 4th Africa Water Week under the theme "Water for Growth in Africa", organized by the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW), in Cairo, Egypt, between 14 and 18 May, 2012.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Council, which was formed in 2002 in Abuja, Nigeria, to promote cooperation, security, social and economic development as well as poverty eradication among member states through the effective management of the continent's water resources and provision of adequate water supply and sanitation services.
At a plenary held on 15 May, Ms. Akissa Bahri, Coordinator of the African Water Facility, on behalf of AfDB acknowledged the important contribution of AMCOW to the development of the water sector:
"AMCOW has been able to create cohesion between Africa's main water sector stakeholders, bringing them together to address the continent's water and sanitation challenges at the political, institutional and technical levels" said Ms. Bahri. "The African Development Bank salutes the African Ministers' Council on Water on its laudable achievements over the last 10 years. The Bank will continue to stand by and support the Council in its quest to quench the thirst of Africans."