Water for Development: Private Sector Involvement in Implementing the SDGs

Tuesday 25 August | 11.00-12.30 | Room: NL Auditorium

Ministers and other stakeholders from Africa are not satisfied with the image portrayed that Africa is lagging in water and sanitation development. This event is planned as a facilitated panel discussion to be in followed by an interactive session with the audience. The event will be co-chaired by Hon. Saviour. Kasukuwere, Minister of Environment, Water and Climate, Zimbabwe / AMCOW Vice President (Southern Africa) and Mamadou Dia, Executive President of AquaFed and Senegalese des Eaux. It aims to be a dynamic and lively session mobilising high-level African panellists. The aim of this discussion is that it will show how the political determination of African Ministers to improve on the performance record of the MDG’s in water and sanitation has been embraced by African states and other stakeholders during the preparation of the Sustainable Development Goals. As suggested by the Open Working Group and others, one route to deliver on this determination is for governments and municipalities to harness the skills and drive of the private sector in service delivery. The session will therefore examine existing and future trends in policy-making, governance, finance and service delivery. This discussion is directly relevant to the finalisation of the SDG’s and their ongoing implementation.