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Système de suivi et d'evaluation du Secteur de l’Eau en Afrique

The Sharm el SheikhCommitments marked a step-change in the implementation and achievement of Africa Water Vision 2025 as well as MDG targets on Water and Sanitation in Africa. Sustainable Development Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030

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Speech by the AMCOW President at 6th World Water Forum PDF Imprimer Envoyer
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Mercredi, 21 Mars 2012 10:49

SPEECH BY THE AMCOW PRESIDENT, HON. BEE MOLEWA ON THE OCCASION OF THE AFRICA DAY AT 6TH WORLD WATER FORUM, MARSEILLE

High Royal Highness, the Prince of Orange
Mr L. Ping, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission
Mr D Kaberuka, President of AfDB
Ministers in attendance
Ladies and Gentlemen

It has been a tradition over the past five World Water Forums to accord Africa a voice and space to express itself on water challenges. We thank the Forum for this wonderful opportunity. This year’s Forum is unique in that its theme; ‘TIME FOR SOLUTIONS’’ aptly articulates the impatience and marginalisation of the most affected communities in Africa.

Where I come from in Africa, and South Africa to be precise, we say ‘KE NAKO’ ‘NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT’. ‘NOW IS THE TIME FOR SOLUTIONS’.

It is imperative that we should respond to the challenge posed to this Forum by the two siblings, namely, water and sanitation. The paucity of clean potable of water and the lack of sanitation services defines the plight and bitter experiences of millions in the continent. We cannot address the twin challenges of water and sanitation to the exclusion of the masses of Africa.

What binds us today is our concern that at least one out of every five children from Kwa-Zulu Natal in South Africa to Takoradi in Ghana could be subtracted from the millions of African children who lack access to clean water and sanitation, or that ten out of every fifty women from Kenya to Burundi to Mauritania will no longer have to slog ten to twenty miles or more to fetch water for domestic use. We have come here today with a common resolve to make vital commitments, take solid actions to make these happen in order to increase these numbers that gets subtracted from those who still lack water and sanitation.

Sustainable financing for water security in Africa presents a great challenge to our resolve to make a difference and create access to clean water and safe sanitation for our under-served and yet-to-be reached growing African populations. Arising from the Africa Regional contribution to the 5th World Water Forum Report, we know that the investment needed to develop adequate water infrastructure platform in the continent is estimated at US$50 billion, about US$ 12.0 billion of which, is needed for water supply and sanitation.

Clean water and safe sanitation have been recognized as key to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets. The effective utilization of the water resources as well as efficient and harmonious management of our trans-boundary waters will lead to greater food security, better harnessing of our energy sources, creation of diversified transportation means including effective means of intra and inter socio-economic and political integration, peace and security, factors germane for more robust sustainable development.

Key to achieving this is realizing sustainability in water financing. Mindful that water is and must remain key to sustainable development in Africa, our Excellencies, Heads of States in their Sharm el Sheikh Declaration committed themselves, among others, to do the following:

  • Significantly increase domestic financial resources allocated for implementing national and regional water and sanitation development activities;
  • Develop local financial instruments and markets for investments in the water and sanitation sectors;
  • Mobilize increased donor and other financing for the water and sanitation initiatives including national projects and Rural Water and Sanitation Initiatives (RWSSI), and the African Water Facility (AWF); etc.

It is commendable that on the issue of up-scaling domestic funding for water, several African countries have increased budgetary allocation to water supply and sanitation to match or in certain cases exceed Official Development Assistance (ODA) contributions. Also commendable is that Rural Water and Sanitation (RWSSI), a creation of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and the African Water Facility (AWF), an initiative of the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) have become home grown African dynamic solutions created to build an enabling environment for sustainable financing of the water sector for the rural, semi-urban and urban areas in our continent.

The leadership in Africa is not paying lip service to the vision and objectives of the Africa’s Renaissance. It is gratifying to learn that since 2004, the AfDB has committed funding amounting to US$ 1.3 billion to 31 rural water supply and sanitation programmes in 23 African countries while donors and African Governments contributed between US$ 4.5 and 5 billion. Since 2006, the RWSSI Trust Fund has also mobilized about US$ 140 million from donors in support of RWSSI programme activities.

It is also worth mentioning that the AWF, AMCOW’s own baby under the nurture of our key partner, AfDB, has mobilized US$ 160 million and committed US$ 100 million to finance 69 national operations spread across 50 countries on the continent. These endeavours have succeeded in leveraging about US$ 500 million in additional investments into the water sector resulting in a positive multiplier effect of collective pooling of resources.

Much more gratifying is the fact that on this global platform presented by the 6th World Water Forum, we, the Water Ministers are gathered under one roof with our counterparts in charge of Finance, the exchequers and guardians of our treasuries in a conversation that our leaders in Africa had in their wisdom mandated us to hold for some time now. Perhaps even more heart-warming is that we all seem agreed on the need to dedicate greater domestic financing towards water resources management.

We are here to say;

  • we recognise that we still have a long way to deliver water and sanitation to our peoples of the continent.
  • we still have a long way to fully deliver on the MDGs.
  • to our national leaders and institutions that no development can succeed without water.
  • We emphasise that sanitation gives dignity to our people.

I would like to take this opportunity to share our experience in support of water and sanitation programs in South Africa with the Ministers of Finance who are here today. South Africa supports water and sanitation programs through various mechanisms, the first being the budget allocations that currently stands at R75 billion for water infrastructure over the next three years; secondly, an off-budget fund expenditure, thirdly, donors and partnerships. We are currently working on possible measures like implementation of “Polluter Pays Principle” that may take a form of carbon taxes as well as through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).

I therefore commend today’s conference and urge support for the compelling need to replenish the funding basket of the AfdB, RWSSI, AWF and the Global Water Partnerships These institutions remain critical and strategic to our endeavour to better finance water resources.

We are here with our local structures as in African Water Utilities Association (AFWA) – our civil society, women and youth who also stand ready to facilitate efficient and effective water service delivery in our continent.

For us in AMCOW, we will not rest on our oars with the African Water Facility (AWF) initiative. We have other such initiatives and work programmes designed to add impetus to the solutions we seek to achieve our mandate as a key driver for achieving the Africa Water Vision 2025. I therefore call on our development partners to continue to support us to implement our work plan.
I am proud to inform the Forum of the existing partnerships which seek to engender equitable sharing of water amongst the basins states. Outstanding examples of these Commissions that have been established for purposes of effective water management are the following. The Limpopo Water Commission, the Nile Basin Commission and the Zambezi River Commission are worthy of mentioning. The Orange-Senqu River Commission which is the midwife of the world renowned Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) deserves a special mention.

As we all know better water knows neither boundaries nor boarders. It is an important ingredient to economic development, sustainable livelihoods, social cohesion and peace in Africa. Under the leadership of the AU in general and AMCOW in particular, Africa is benefitting from best practices in water resource management and provision for a better life for its citizenry.

Ladies and gentlemen, this Forum has to be defined by taking decisions and actions that involve the participation of the local people, especially, women in the management of the water resource at all level of its value chain in Africa. Women head most households in rural Africa. Women bear the brunt of poverty, underdevelopment and lack of access to water in the continent.
The struggle for the emancipation and empowerment of women cannot be divorced from the struggle for access to water in Africa. Now is the time to use water to wash away poverty and underdevelopment from the impoverished faces of the children of Africa. Now is the time to use water as a catalyst for the emancipation and the empowerment of women in Africa. Now is the time to use water as tool to accelerate the social and economic development of Africa.

In conclusion, I applaud the AfDB for working with the African Union Commission (AUC) and AMCOW in organizing this workshop. I thank you all for your contributions and special focus in support of achieving Africa’s aspiration to attain water security in the continent of Africa.

We all stand ready to establish further partnerships and receive investments.

  • We all stand ready to increase the rate and pace of delivery
  • We have greatly improved our governance mechanisms and continue on the path of perfecting those mechanisms.
  • We have structures and facilities in place that stand ready to receive donations and form partnerships.
  • More importantly we have the POLITICAL WILL AND THE DETERMINATION TO SUCCEED.

Thank you and God bless.

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AMCOW President Opens Africa Focus Day at World Water Week PDF Imprimer Envoyer
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Vendredi, 31 Août 2012 05:43

Excellencies, Honourable Ministers, Distinguished Partners, ladies and gentlemen.

On behalf of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Africa Focus Day at the 2012 World Water Week. I also bring felicitations from my immediate predecessor and immediate past President of the African Ministers Council on Water, Dr Hesham Kandil, now the Prime Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt. He sends his warmest regards to colleague Ministers and recalls with nostalgia the meeting together of the AMCOW Ministers at the last General Assembly and Africa Water Week in Cairo in May 2012.

Being new on the saddle I am equally delighted that this meeting provides me the opportunity to meet and interact with the AMCOW regional Vice Presidents and colleague Ministers for the first time. I hope that our interactions will be most fruitful in moving AMCOW forward.

Over the years, it has become a time-honoured tradition at the World Water Week to accord Africa a voice and space through the Africa Focus Day to express ourselves on the challenges that confront us in water resources management. It is gratifying to note that this year’s Africa Focus is organized around two seminars of four sessions. The first seminar explores the theme “Water Security: Opportunities for the 21st Century” while the second examines the theme “Managing Africa’s Water Resources: Challenges and Opportunities. Both themes are relevant given that water is life, and remains at the core of human existence, survival and well being. As I emphasized at the opening plenary, the availability of water in sufficient quantity and acceptable quality remains vital for improved health, livelihoods, agricultural uses and other economic activities as well as for environmental protection in a world challenged by increasing adverse changes in our climatic conditions. I spoke of the imperativeness that we respond to these challenges which we face in providing enough water for human use in the continent.

If we therefore fail to place water as the engine for growth and at the heart of development planning, on-going efforts to develop our continent will remain a mirage. We must therefore begin to also raise the priority given to water for food and water for energy production, in such proportion and levels of intensity of effort and political will that we currently place on providing access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. It is in this regard that the themes that guide our discourse today remain germane and very opportune.

At the last Africa Water Week held in Cairo, Egypt, AMCOW adopted ‘Water for Growth in Africa’ as the driving force for our work over the next ten years as part of our renewed vigour to achieve the 2025 Africa Water Vision. Our deliberations during the Water Week enabled AMCOW to pay a renewed and devoted attention to water for growth, building again on our commitments from the 2008 1st Africa Water Week: “Towards Water for Social and Economic Development.” For AMCOW our goal is clear and unambiguous which is that Water for Growth – in all of its important and significant connections – should henceforth be elevated to the level of political attention and implementation priority that has been accorded to drinking water and sanitation over the last ten years.

Why is this emphasis necessary? It is necessary because without achieving sustainable economic growth and development, our commitment to providing safe drinking water and sanitation will also remain elusive. Water for Growth therefore represents Africa’s overarching and driving framework for the development, management and utilization of water resources and for our aspirations for poverty reduction; sustainable socio-economic development; as well as equitable and all-inclusive growth. When we fail to do so, we consign our people to donor dependence.

However, while we cherish the support we get from our development partners, it is equally evident that donor support does not have the capacity to tackle the challenges we face and continued dependence on that is no longer sustainable in a world riddled with unstable economies. We must therefore rise to harness our resources especially water in a more coordinated and efficient manner that will engender economic growth and prosperity.

I intend to pursue an agenda that promotes a high degree of collaboration and engagement between the Africa water ministries and the ministries responsible for driving social and economic development such as ministries of finance, agriculture, energy, infrastructure, natural resources, and trade, alongside other stakeholders with wide institutional representation. For AMCOW, that is the way to go because water is at the center of development and we need to flush away poverty in Africa and flow in prosperity.

Permit me to assure our development partners and other stakeholders that AMCOW takes the issue of implementing past declarations and commitments especially the Sharm el Sheikh AU Heads of State and Government mandate on integrated water resources management seriously. We recognize that only by so doing can we advance the well-being of Africa’s people, economy and environment. We will continue to focus on the many challenges that remain and the absolute urgency required in intensifying and scaling up efforts on the ground. We as AMCOW Ministers commit to bringing solutions that add value and we pledge that these commitments will be honoured. We pledge to work together with you to achieve the targets we set for ourselves.

Having said that, it is my singular pleasure to declare the Africa Focus Day open. Thank you.

 
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Mardi, 08 Novembre 2011 00:00

Je voudrais vous réitérer mes remerciements pour avoir bien voulu participer à la 5ème semaine africaine de l’eau. La profondeur et la richesse de vos débats ont conféré à ce rendez vous de Dakar un succès éclatant.

Votre présence massive à la 9ème assemblée générale du Conseil des Ministres africains en charge de l’eau (AMCOW) et la qualité de votre participation ont fini de démontrer l’importance que vous accordez à la question de l’eau en Afrique et votre détermination à relever les nombreux défis qu’elle présente.

A cet égard, je vous transmets les encouragements de son Excellence, Monsieur Macky SALL qui, à son double titre de Président de la République du Sénégal et de membre fondateur de AMCOW, a suivi, avec une attention et un intérêt particuliers, le déroulement de nos travaux.

En Avril 2002, la Déclaration d’Abuja, posant les actes fondateurs de AMCOW, se fixait comme principal objectif de promouvoir la coopération, la sécurité, le développement social et économique et l'éradication de la pauvreté dans les États membres à travers la gestion efficace des ressources en eau du continent et l’amélioration de la prestation des services d'approvisionnement en eau.

Depuis cette date, AMCOW a fait d’importants progrès dans l’établissement d’une plateforme pour l’orientation et le dialogue politique sur la gestion des ressources en eau en Afrique. Il est devenu un instrument de coopération et un mécanisme efficace pour assurer la coopération régionale et le développement des ressources en eau.

Aujourd’hui, AMCOW a acquis ses lettres de noblesse et obtenu la reconnaissance internationale comme organisme principal de coordination pour la sécurité de l’eau sur le continent Africain.

A cet égard, je voudrais rendre un hommage appuyé à Son Excellence Sarah Reng Ochekpe, Ministre des ressources en eau du Nigéria, Présidente sortante de AMCOW, pour son engagement, le rôle déterminant qu’elle a joué et le travail remarquable accompli pour la promotion de AMCOW.

Sous ma présidence, notre Conseil va garder le cap en renforçant sa politique de gestion intégrée des ressources en eau, affiner ses stratégies et réaliser les actions nécessaires pour relever les défis auxquels l’Afrique fait face, non seulement, dans les domaines de l’adduction d’eau potable et de l’assainissement mais aussi de l’eau pour le développement économique.

Ainsi, il contribuera au renforcement de la coopération régionale, de la paix et de la sécurité, à la réduction de la pauvreté et au développement socio-économique de l’Afrique, conformément aux directives des chefs d'Etat et de Gouvernement, lors de la 11ème session ordinaire de l'Assemblée de l'Union Africaine à Charm el-Cheikh, en 2008 qui a, dans ce cadre, conféré à l’AMCOW, le statut de Comité spécialisé pour l'eau et l'assainissement au sein de l'Union africaine.

Au crépuscule des Objectifs du Millénaire pour le Développement (OMD) et dans la perspective d’un développement durable qui place l’eau au cœur de l’agenda de développement post 2015, j’ai bien conscience de l’éminente distinction que vous me conférez et vous en remercie, au nom du Gouvernement et du Peuple sénégalais.

Je mesure l’importance de la charge que vous avez bien voulue me confier. Je l’accueille, avec fierté, au nom du Sénégal et m’engage à la porter avec tout le sacerdoce qu’impose l’action de servir toute l’Afrique et son Peuple. Je ne ménagerai aucun effort dans cette mission que j’exercerai avec responsabilité et détermination.

Partageant, avec vous, la même passion de servir et d’être utile à l’Afrique, je me sens réconforté de pouvoir compter sur votre engagement, votre dynamisme et votre expérience pour réussir à relever les défis de l’eau en Afrique.

Je m’engage donc, avec vous, à veiller à la bonne mise en œuvre et l’exécution correcte du programme de travail 2014- 2016 de AMCOW, défini à l’issue de l’atelier de Banjul.

Ce programme prend en charge les différents aspects de la gestion intégrée des ressources en eau, des changements climatiques, de l’eau comme facteur de croissance pour le développement, du financement de notre secteur, de l’éducation et du renforcement des capacités des acteurs du secteur.

Dans ce cadre, ma première tâche sera de m’assurer que les OMD en matière d’eau potable soient atteints par tous les pays d’Afrique. Les efforts nécessaires seront déployés, pour atteindre cet objectif en 2015.

En second lieu, je travaillerai avec vous, les partenaires au développement et surtout l’association soeur AFRICASAN en vue de l’amélioration sensible du taux de réalisation des OMD pour l’assainissement.

En ce qui concerne le programme pour l’après 2015, l’accent sera mis sur la maitrise de l’eau pour le développement de l’agriculture irriguée. A cet effet, nous travaillerons à un rapprochement avec le Conseil des Ministres africains en charge de l’Agriculture pour un plaidoyer et des actions communes pour l’atteinte de cet objectif.

Le deuxième facteur qui me semble essentiel est l’accès à l’énergie hydroélectrique. Il ne fait aucun doute qu’aujourd’hui, les ressources énergétiques ont un effet multiplicateur sur l’atteinte des objectifs relatifs à la réduction de la pauvreté, à l’éducation, à la santé et à l’environnement.

Les ressources énergétiques facilitent aussi bien l’augmentation de la production agricole que l’approvisionnement en eau et l’éclosion des activités génératrices de revenus pour les populations les plus pauvres.

Dans ce cadre nous ne ménagerons aucun effort pour que le potentiel hydroélectrique de l’Afrique qui est exploité à hauteur de 7%, soit mieux valorisé. Je suis sûr que le soutien de nos collègues en charge de l’énergie ne nous fera pas défaut.

La promotion de la coopération autour des bassins trans-frontaliers, que nous comptons approfondir et enrichir par notre expérience au sein de l’OMVS, sera un atout pour atteindre les objectifs déclinés en matière d’une gestion durable de l’eau mais aussi pour asseoir une paix propice au développement.

AMCOW n’est pas une panacée ni un remède miracle. Elle reflète la volonté politique collective des Etats membres ainsi que le souci de prendre en compte leur intérêt dans le renforcement de la coopération multilatérale de nos pays. Nous devons être ensemble, et gérer en commun ce qui nous est tous indispensable : l’Eau.

Dans un esprit de dialogue et de transparence, dans l’intérêt de tous les membres, j’exercerai mes charges de Président, pour qu’AMCOW, plus qu’une plateforme, continue d’être, un instrument efficace au service des décideurs et, un puissant levier pour améliorer, l’accès à l’eau potable et à l’assainissement ainsi que le développement des activités économiques autour et par l’eau.

Je ne saurais terminer sans rendre un hommage mérité au Secrétaire Exécutif Monsieur Mbaï Mass Taal et à son équipe pour leur travail inlassable et dévoué.

Je félicite également le Comité National d’Organisation pour la part active qu’il a pris dans la préparation et la réussite de cette 5éme Semaine Africaine de l’Eau et de la 9ème Assemblée générale de AMCOW.

Je remercie aussi les experts, les partenaires financiers et techniques, la société civile et tous ceux qui ont, de près ou de loin, contribué à la réussite de ces importants événements qui honorent le Sénégal et l’Afrique toute entière.

Permettez-moi de terminer mon propos en vous souhaitant, encore une fois, une excellente fin de séjour au Sénégal et en vous réaffirmant la disponibilité de mon pays à accueillir AFRICASAN ici à Dakar en octobre 2014.

Longue vie à AMCOW !

Je vous remercie de votre aimable attention.

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