The African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) held the 2nd Extra-Ordinary Session of the Executive Committee of the Governing Council virtually from 6th to 8th October 2021.
The Session was preceded by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) session from 6th-7th.
The Executive Committee (EXCO) of AMCOW considered the recruitment report of the new Executive Secretary following the separation with AMCOW of the former Executive Secretary, Dr Canisius Kanangire and the Governing Council’s directive from the 12th General Assembly for the Secretariat in consultation with the TAC Bureau to set in motion the recruitment process for a new Executive Secretary. The Extra-Ordinary Session also received and adopted the 2nd edition of the AfricaSan Ngor Monitoring Report, received and considered the progress report on the preparation of the 2020 WASSMO report, the 2021 Technical Progress Report, the report of the Secretariat’s Advisory Committee on Administrative Policies and the Annual Audit Report for 2020 and Financial Progress Report.
“Since my assumption of the mantle of leadership barely nine months ago, AMCOW has made steady progress towards implementing the strategic pillars of the 2018-2030 Strategy and the flagship initiatives of the Strategic Operational Plan of 2020-2024,” Hon. Carl Hermann Gustav Schlettwein, Minister of Agriculture, Water and Land Reform of the Republic of Namibia and AMCOW President said.
Hon. Schlettwein enumerated the progress so far made by his Presidency which include progress made in the area of Groundwater and Climate change referencing the Pan Africa Ground Water Program (APAGroP), the Pan Africa Water Quality Program (PAWaQ), Pan-African Transboundary Water Management Program (PATWaM) and climate change and gender initiatives. Others include Sanitation and Hygiene in particular the development and launch of the African Sanitation Policy Guidelines (ASPG), Knowledge Management, Communication and Visibility with a particular mention of Knowledge Sharing and Communication and the 8th Africa Water Week and AfricaSan6. On Continental Monitoring and Reporting, the AMCOW President referenced the Africa Water and Sanitation Sector Monitoring and Reporting System (WASSMO) and the 2020 AfricaSan Ngor Commitments Report as key areas of focus.
He thanked Member States for their support and contribution to AMCOW, thanking specifically Nigeria, South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Botswana and Egypt for being update with their country contributions and Zambia and Eswatini for starting to clear their arrears. He appealed to the member states in arears to pay in full and be up to date with their country financial contributions to AMCOW given dwindling donor support to the Council.
In his remarks, AMCOW Ag, Executive Secretary Mr. Thomas Ephraim Banda thanked the TAC Bureau under the leadership of the TAC Chair Mr Christopher Munikasu for their support to the Secretariat during the interim period when AMCOW did not have a substantive Executive Secretary citing the mammoth task of leading the Secretariat. Mr. Banda enumerated the successes of the Secretariat which included the launch of Africa Sanitation Policy Guidelines (ASPG), the launch of the WASSMO Data Collection Campaign, improved collaboration with the African Union Commission and the setting up of the International High-Level Panel on Water Investments for Africa among others.
In her remarks H.E. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko the Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment of the African Union Commission reiterated the unflinching commitment of the African Union Commission to support Member States and Regional Economic communities (RECs) to develop the water and sanitation sector for socio-economic development towards Africa Agenda 2063, the Africa we want. She urged Ministers responsible for water and sanitation to effectively deliver on the African water and sanitation services, in order to foster efforts of our African Countries in achieving the African Water Vision 2025, now, just four years away.
The Extra-Ordinary EXCO was also used to announce the appointment of Dr. Rashid Mbaziira as the new AMCOW Executive Secretary for the next four years.