Drinking water management: Morocco’s experience is “essential for Africa”

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The President of the World Water Council, Loïc Fauchon, felt that the Moroccan experience in drinking water management is “essential for Africa”. Mr Fauchon spoke in Rabat, Morocco, at the opening of the 81st session of the Assizes of the scientific and technical Council of the African Water Association, organized by the national Office of electricity and drinking water (ONEE).

“With the aim of prioritizing the cause of water in Africa, the fundamental character of political action rests on the determination and courage of politicians and economic decision-makers, and Morocco is an example of this,” he Pointed out. 

In this sense, he said that the October 2016 Act on water is intended to be a model that brings together all the provisions concerning water, sanitation and rain, noting that the Kingdom has practically achieved the safety of water resources .

The manager reported that the majority of local water crises are due to lack or low storage capacity, noting that the world, particularly Africa, needs to build more reservoir dams.

“Africa needs laws and budgets and must ensure that parliaments and local authorities prepare policies and vote to make water an Accelerator for prosperity,” he summarized.

For his part, the Minister delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and international cooperation for African cooperation, Mohcine Jazouli, said that Morocco now has a recognised know-how in the management of all water value chain, including the management of large dams, micro-irrigation, sanitation and distribution.

It noted in this context that Africa has a deficit in this area, as nearly 400 million people are deprived of access to safe drinking water and some 700 million of people disconnected from the sanitation service.

The Moroccan official also recalled the various cooperation agreements that have been signed with many countries on the continent, in particular with regard to the construction of dams, the Council or even the financing of certain projects linked to this resource. Valuable.

Under the theme, “financing, cooperation and capacity-building, levers for improving access to drinking water and sanitation services”, the 81st session of the Foundation of the scientific and technical Council of the Association aims to discuss the challenges facing the continent, particularly in terms of access to safe drinking water and sanitation services, as well as prospects for improving access to these basic services essential for the sustainable development.

A total of nearly 200 water and sanitation decision makers from more than 25 African countries and other continents are taking part in this five-day event.

Moctar FICOU/VivAfrik              

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