Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Council of Governors together with the Water Services Trust Fund, Embassy of Finland, Kenya Market Trust and KEWI (Kenya Water Institute) will host the first edition of the Kenya water week. The event set to commence on November 20-25, 2016 will take place at KICC.
The conference and exhibition will go under the theme ‘From Aid to Trade: Enhancing Business Partnerships and Innovation for Sustainable Water and Sanitation Provision and Irrigation in Africa. The theme has been arrived at in recognition of the global shift from Aid to trade, and the need for sustainable financing and development.
Some of the topics on discussion include; Enhancing Sustainable Water Services, Research, Industry, Innovation Nexus, Business and Partnership Opportunities and Enabling Business Environment. The Annual Conference brings together stakeholders from the National and County Governments, sector institutions, line ministries, development partners, private sector, consultants, the media and civil society organizations.
The conference comes at a time when Kenya is struggling to meet its universal water access by 2030 due to infrastructural and financial challenges. The government in its national water master plan aims to revitalize investments and policy to the water and sanitation sectors. The plan also roots for greater investments in protection of water sources to boost Kenya’s resilience to climate shocks.
Statistics show that about 56 per cent of Kenyans have access to reliable clean water, while 70 per cent have access to clean sanitation. Kenya is a water-scarce country with less than 1,000 cubic metres per capita of renewable freshwater resources hence more investment needs to be put on research to create practical solutions to the challenges Africa faces in provision of quality water and sanitation.
Recently, German water technology experts organized a Kenyan-German water conference at KEWI to initialize knowledge transfer and exchange experience in various water technology and training solutions. The forum was attended by the Kenyan private sector, political decision makers and representatives of water utilities with technology experts from Germany.