Ghana Water Company Limited’s (GWCL) participation at the just ended 16th International Congress and Exhibition of the African Water Association (AfWA) in Marrakech, Morocco, saw the appointment of its top officials featuring prominently on the Specialized Committee on Sanitation and Environment.
The GWCL, sole urban water provider in Ghana, joined about 1,500 participants at the Congress to deliberate on a variety of critical water and sanitation issues which are essential to the economic development of the African continent.
The AfWA’s Ordinary General Assembly meeting appointed Mr Jonas Kakariba Jabulo, Chief Manager in-charge of Water Quality Assurance, GWCL, as President on the Specialized Committee on Sanitation and Environment. The meeting also appointed on the Committee Mr Oguah Cephas of the GWCL to serve as a Rapporteur.
A release copied to the Ghana News Agency and signed by Mr Michael Agyeman, Public Relations Manager, GWCL, says the 16th Congress, which was by all accounts, a resounding success, was held on the theme: “Collaborative Mechanisms and Innovations for Sustainable Development in the Water and Sanitation Sector in Africa.”
Of the 40 scientific papers presented at the Congress, Ghana’s Philip Dwamena-Boateng, the Volta Regional Water Quality Assurance Manager and Evans Y. Balaara, a Chief Manager Water Quality Assurance, Ghana Urban Water Limited, spoke on “The Impact of Household on the Bacteriological Quality of Treated Water in Amamoma, Cape Coast” and “Degradation of Water Resources and the Effects on Drinking Water Treatment in Ghana” respectively.
The Congress saw more than 90 local and international water operators and companies participating in the Exhibition.
AfWA’s exciting group of policy makers, donors, and international organizations, NGOs, researchers, academics, the private sector and civil society made for interesting conversations about new paradigms for innovative cooperation in the water sector.
The Congress elected Duduzile Myeni, Chairperson of the South African Association of Water Utilities (SAAWU) as the new President of AfWA. It is hope that she will help make the AfWA a one stop professional association for all things water, and raise its profile in the global water community.
In September 2011, the GWCL hosted AfWA International Training in Consumer Management in Accra. The Training among other achievements deepened understanding of customer management and its relevance in utilities management and showed how utilities could construct the relevant ‘‘electronic footprints’’ that allow for effective management of different customer groups.
The 17th AfWA Congress and Exhibition slated for 2014 will be held in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.