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Second Arab Water Week to convene in late January

By Hana Namrouqa - Dec 23,2012 - Last updated at Dec 23,2012

AMMAN — Water experts, NGOs and decision makers from 18 Arab and foreign countries will convene in the capital next month to discuss the efficiency of water utilities and water management policies.

Over 400 experts in the water sector representing governments, international organisations, private water and wastewater companies, universities and scientific research institutions are expected to take part in the second Arab Water Week, according to organisers.

The January 27-31 event, which will cover new prospects and challenges for the water sector in the Arab region, will be organised by the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA), in cooperation with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation.

Participants will discuss a variety of topics, including utilities’ effectiveness and efficiency in cost recovery and financial sustainability, innovation technologies and private sector participation, water science for policy and governance in optimising resources management, and water resources and the green economy paradigm.

“Arab Water Week will tackle water management issues by establishing innovative partnerships and platforms for collaborative work on water issues in the region, such as water loss and water shortage,” ACWUA Secretary General Khaldoun Kashman said on Sunday.

Kashman made the remarks during a press conference to announce the five-day event, which will also feature an Arab Water Trade Fair showcasing state-of-the-art water technologies and devices.

ACWUA held the first Arab Water Week in December last year, with the participation of more than 500 experts and policy makers. They discussed cost recovery at water and wastewater utilities as well as Arab water utilities’ common achievements, challenges and potential solutions.

Founded in April 2007, ACWUA aims at serving as regional platform for exchange of knowledge and best practices amongst member experts and professionals, as well as developing resources, facilitating training programmes, and advocating for professional certification to enable member utility staff to perform their duties in a professional, reliable and cost-effective manner, according to its website.

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