Africa: Uganda Hosts Africa Water Conference

Uganda is hosting the Africa Water Association (Afwa) high level technical meeting to discuss scientific and technology innovations and developments on the continent.

The Scientific and Technical Council (STC) is charged with promoting science and technological solutions and advancements among water utilities under the Afwa umbrella.

More than 100 delegates from 27 countries are attending the three-day conference, which started yesterday, July 16 at the National Water and Sewerage Corporation's (NWSC) Bugolobi-based International Resource Centre.

Delegates will discuss and share ideas on access to clean water, sanitation, sustainable and cheaper options of treating water and environmental protection using ICT-based solutions.

State minister for water, Ronald Kibule, who opened the meeting, urged NWSC officials to learn as much from their colleagues as they share information. Currently, NWSC is one of the best run public water utilities Africa. KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi, ministry of Water officials and experts from NWSC, among others, are also attending.

During the same meeting, Uganda is expected to be confirmed as hosts for the Afwa Congress in 2020. NWSC managing director Dr Silver Mugisha said they have already proved the country's ability to host the event after successfully hosting the 2010 edition in Kampala.

"Hosting this STC meeting after being contacted as last resort is another reason for you to vote overwhelmingly for our bid," Mugisha told delegates as he campaigned for the right to host the 2020 Afwa gathering.

mugalu@observer.ug

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