The Deputy Minister for Corporative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Mr Andries Nel served on the launch of the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) initiative to be convened at the 8th World Water Forum-Brasilia, 19th March 2018, Senegal Pavilion, in Brazil. This Initiative is primarily aimed at tackling the water scarcity predicament that is currently faced by our country, the African continent and the world at large.
The World Water Forumâ€™s mission is to promote awareness, build political commitment and trigger action on critical water issues at all levels, to facilitate the efficient conservation, protection, development, planning, management and the use of water in all its dimensions on an environmentally sustainable basis for the benefit of all life.
The high level panel on water will pave way to commitment of clear plan of action while ensuring that all water partners work together in keeping the recommendations which will be consolidated through the Africa Water Investment Programme (AIP).
The AIP was established to transform the investment outlook for water security and sustainable sanitation for a prosperous, peaceful and equitable Africa in order to support interventions to enhance job creation including gender sensitive investments in water security, industrialisation and climate resilient development.
â€œI am proud that the outcome document of the High Level Panel on Water (HLPW) recognizes the challenge of the water and sanitation in Africa and endorsed the launch of an Africa Water Investment Programme (AIP)â€ said the Deputy Minister.
Furthermore, it is estimated that, the Africa Water Investment Programme will by 2030 mobilize at least $30 billion investments toward Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) on water and sanitation and further create approximately 2 million jobs. This initiative is in line with the National Development Plan (NDP) of our country that serves as the Master Plan for service delivery.
Deputy Minister Nel emphasized that the challenge of providing water and sanitation for the millions of people of South Africa is a mammoth task, hence the partnerships and collaboration of different stakeholders is essential to deliver water security to the people.
Establishing an Africa Investment Guarantee Fund will assist to unblock the preparation of water infrastructure projects on the continent which have lagged behind for various reasons.
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