CAIRO – Egypt’s Irrigation Minister Hani Sweilam participated in the 7th African Conference on Sanitation (AfricaSan7), which was organized by the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) in Swakopmund, Namibia, from November 6 to 11.
The theme of this year’s conference was “Strengthening Systems and Partnerships for Accelerated Action on Safely Managed Sanitation and Hygiene”.
Sweilam, in his capacity as the chairman of AMCOW, honored Josefa L. Sako, Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment, former Nigerian Minister of Water Suleiman Hussein Adamu and Namibian Minister of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform Carl Hermann Gustav Schlettwein for their efforts in implementing the African water agenda.
Egypt was also honored among the list of top African countries, including Senegal, Zambia, Madagascar, and São Tomé and Príncipe, for the progress made in the area of sanitation.
The overall objective of the conference is “Revitalizing the Pursuit of the Ngor Declaration Targets on Sanitation and hygiene”.
The specific objectives for the AfricaSan7 conference include:
1- Strengthen partnerships and facilitate knowledge exchange for action on delivering safely managed sanitation and hygiene services.
2- Empower governments and stakeholders to fully leverage investment in sanitation and hygiene services.
3- Catalyse action on research and innovation, capacity development for sustainable and equitably sanitation and hygiene solutions.
4- Promote hygiene and behavior change and gender mainstreaming and inclusive approaches.