Ministers focus on financing water in national development

Posted: 2009-07-14

In June, GWP Central Africa gathered senior officials from water, finance and economic ministries in nine out of ten countries in the region to discuss sustainable funding in the water sector for the first time ever.

GWP studies showing the dire state of government budgets for water in each country presented at the workshop in Douala, Cameroon, drove home the need to address water financing in order to meet commitments made by the African Union heads of state and government at Sharm el-Sheikh in 2008 and bring the Central African Regional Water Policy to life. The workshop broadened the understanding of directors in water and finance ministries of the importance of water in economic development and the need to allocate a bigger share of national budgets to the water sector.

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