Stakeholders in the water sector met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to find ways of accelerating progress in attaining the water and sanitation Millennium Development Goal targets and agreed that there is need for Africa to speed up the process of availing clean water.
The 3rd Africa Water Conference, hosted by Ethiopia recently,Â was focused on examining the implementation of the Africa Water Vision and Framework for Action and the challenges and opportunities for achieving the MDG targets on water and sanitation.
Representatives of African governments, water ministers and local authorities who converged in Addis Ababa, agreed that there is need for Africa to speed up the processes of availing clean water to its people if it is to achieve the millennium development goals.
Zimbabwe Local Government Association Secretary General, Mr. Rodgers Mozhenty, who participated at the conference, said local authorities in Africa should ensure that the larger chunk of the budget is allocated to water and sanitation development programmes.
â€œWe agreed that there is need for local authorities to ensure that resources are channeled towards water and sanitation project,â€ said Mr. Rodgers.
The 3rd Africa Water Week attracted a total of 796 participants including 17 African ministers responsible for water resources, the AU Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture as well as representatives of local authorities.
The conference was graced by Ethiopian President, Girme Wolde Giorgis, who called for the wise use of water resources for sustainable development.