Abidjan, November 20th 2014 - The process of creating a sustainable system for harmonised monitoring, evaluation, reporting and sharing of information on all aspects of water use in Africa was given a major boost today as the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) takes full charge. This followed the handover of the entire monitoring, evaluation and reporting process by the African Union Commission to AMCOW consequent to a € 2 million grant from the African Water Facility (AWF) for the establishment of a harmonised monitoring, evaluation and reporting system for the water sector in Africa.

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9th AMCOW General Assembly Ends, Senegal Elected AMCOW President PDF Print E-mail

The 9th General Assembly of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) has ended in Dakar, with the Minister for Water and Sanitation, Senegal, Hon. Pape Diouf elected AMCOW President.

In a statement while handing over to the newly elected President, immediate past AMCOW Interim President and Minister for Water Resources, Hon. Sarah Reng-Ochekpe expressed confidence in the ability of Senegal to effectively steer the ship of AMCOW for the next two years. She called on colleague Ministers to extend their cooperation to Hon. Diouf in order to move AMCOW to greater heights given the challenging role AMCOW is expected to play as  the millennium development goals end and in the post 2015 development era. Hon. Ochekpe called on the President of Senegal, His Excellency Macky Sall to give maximum support to the new AMCOW President and to the strengthening of AMCOW as a key regional mechanism on achieving the Sharm el Sheikh Commitments as mandated in AU Assembly decision on water security and sanitation.

Download Hon. Ochekpe's valedictory statement

In his statement, the new AMCOW President, Hon. Pape Diouf expressed delight for the confidence reposed in him by the Ministers and pledged his commitment to serve AMCOW to the best of his ability. Recognizing the enormous challenges ahead, Hon Diouf said that the government of Senegal is determined to bring about positive service delivery to focus needed attention to the implementation of AMCOW's 2014 - 2016 work programme.

Download AMCOW President's maiden Statement (French)

Other countries elected into the AMCOW EXCO 2014 -2016 include Gabon as Vice President for Central Africa region, Sudan as Vice President for Eastern Africa region, Algeria, Vice President for North Africa region, Zimbabwe for Southern Africa region, and Burkina Faso for West Africa region.

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Download Dakar Declaration of the 9th AMCOW General Assembly


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