Since the 9th World Water Forum in Dakar, Senegal, the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) has intensified engagement and closer work with African Ministers responsible for water and sanitation. The idea is to discuss Member States' water and sanitation priorities and possible solutions to their challenges. Also, the Secretariat apprises the Ministers of AMCOW's and activities - to get their continued strategic advisory and oversight.
On Friday, 16th of September, AMCOW's Executive Secretary, Dr Rashid Mbaziira, was on a courtesy visit with the Minister for Hydraulic and Sanitation, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, H. E. Sidi Mohamed Ould TALEB AMAR.
A critical issue discussed during the meeting was the impacts of the flood in Mauritania - caused by heavy rains and the emergency action plan.
Also, they discussed AMCOW's Governance Structure, including Mauritania's role as AMCOW's Vice President for North Africa, the mobilisation of EXCO Ministers from North Africa, and the Hon. Minister's participation at COP27 Egypt. The Hon. Minister and Dr Rashid deliberated on AMCOW's role and mandate as a support mechanism to the African Union's Specialised Technical Sub-Committee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (ARDWE).
They further deliberated on the Honourable Minister's participation in the upcoming AMCOW Executive Council (EXCO) meeting hosted by Namibia in October 2022.
You can read more about AMCOW Secretariat’s engagement with Nigeria’s Hon. Engr Suleiman, Mozambique’s H.E. Carlos Alberto Fortes Mesquita, H E Muhammed Aty of Egypt, and the Deputy Minister for Water and Sanitation, Republic of Malawi, Hon. John Bande.