Zimbabwe was yesterday chosen to head the Southern region division of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) at the council’s general assembly in Senegal. Environment, Water and Climate Minister Saviour Kasukuwere assumes the presidency for the next two years, starting today.
As regional president, Minister Kasukuwere automatically becomes one of the four vice-presidents deputising continental president – Senegalese Minister of Water and Sanitation Pape Diouf.
The AMCOW presidency rotates biennially over the five African sub-regions.
The director of water resources planning and management in the ministry, Mr Tinayeshe Mutazu, said Zimbabwe will head the region’s executive committee as well as the technical advisory committee.
“This means Zimbabwe, through Minister Kasukuwere, will guide the regional body on issues relating to promotion of co-operation, security, social and economic development and poverty eradication among member states through the management of water resources and provision of water supply services,” said Mr Mutazu.
The meeting in Senegal brought together ministers and their representatives from all 54 member states.
Minister Kasukuwere engaged the African Development Bank delegation to the general assembly on the need to speed up the review of funding requests.
“Under the AMCOW family, Zimbabwe has benefitted from several projects, including the recently completed Chitungwiza sewer system upgrade, supported through the body and managed by the African Development Bank, which facilitated grants for water and sanitation projects.
“Further, in November 2013, when Zimbabwe hosted the General Council, the country submitted three new proposals, which are at an advanced stage of review, with the possibility of funding being availed later this year.”
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