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Zambezi Times Online 2004

Water Sector Under Review

LUSAKA, May 27 - Government has said it is in the process of reviewing the performance of the water sector under the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP).

Tourism Minister Patrick Kalifungwa said this when he officiated at the African-European Union Water Initiative (AEUW) workshop for the country level dialogue in Lusaka yesterday.

The minister said Government was also taking steps to launch the water sector decentralisation strategy.

He said it was disappointing that every year there was 1 billion Euro transferred from the EU and it's member states to Africa in the water and sanitation sector yet no meaningful progress seemed to be recorded.

"It is, however true that none of this assistance will necessarily be provided to water and sanitation sector unless the sector was prioritised by Africa governments," he said.

He said it was however prudent for the Government as a first step, to reinforce political will and commitment to action.

He said the workshop whose aim was to provide a platform for a country dialogue where all stakeholders would be given the opportunity to engage each other would help the development of the water sector and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Speaking at the same function Secretary to the Cabinet, Leslie Mbula said Government was committed to ensuring that clean water and good sanitation was provided to the people.

"There is political will to ensuring that clean water is provided to the Zambian people," he said.

EU representative Anke Conrad said she was looking forward to seeing Zambia benefit from AEUW.

Source: The Times of Zambia / allAfrica Global Media

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