Zambian Vice-President Inonge Wina on Monday called for innovative and sustainable ways of utilization of water in Africa as part of the continent’s development agenda.
The Zambian vice-president said with projected economic growth for Africa in the next 10 years, water will become key to meeting the needs of the growing economy, hence the need to come up with innovative and sustainable ways of handling the commodity.
In remarks delivered during the 7th Zambia Water Forum and Exhibition in Lusaka, the country’s capital, organized to raise awareness on the importance of water as well as harnessing water for social and economic benefits, the Zambian vice-president said stakeholders need to collaborate in harnessing water as an important ingredient in economic development.
According to her, there will be need for countries to focus on ensuring the promotion of adequate supply of water, improve availability of water supply and infrastructure as well as ensuring research in water supply and sanitation.
Dennis Wanchinga, Minister of Water Development, said during the same event that there was need for stakeholders to work together to ensure 100 percent domestic water supply and sanitation coverage in both urban and rural areas of the country.
This, he said, will go a long way in improving the livelihood of citizens and avert outbreaks of waterborne diseases. Enditem