Sixth Ordinary Session of the African Ministers’ Council on Water
28-31 May 2007 | Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
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Highlights for Tuesday, 29 May 2007

As part of the lead up to AMCOW-6, the AMCOW Executive Committee (ExCO) convened on Tuesday 29 May to receive recommendations from the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and reports from the AMCOW Subregional Vice-Presidents. A Forum for Civil Society and Media also continued its deliberations from Monday 28 May.

Meeting of the AMCOW Executive Committee
Morning session
L-R: Henry Ntale, AMCOW President's Support Office; Maria Mutagamba, AMCOW President; and Bruno Jean-Richard, Minister for Energy and Hydraulics, Republic of Congo.
Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua, Incoming AMCOW President, welcomed delegates on behalf of Republic of Congo President, Denis Sassou Nguesso, noting that this meeting demonstrates a commitment to addressing water and sanitation issues in Africa.
Maria Mutagamba, AMCOW President, said AMCOW is coming of age and taking its place in the institutional framework of the African sustainable development architecture.
Henry Ntale, TAC Chair, presented the TAC Report, including its recommendations on issues for consideration by AMCOW-6.
Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua, incoming AMCOW President shares a light moment with Algerian delegates.
Babagana Ahmadu, African Union Commission, underlined the significance of AMCOW as a vital AU policy organ given the context of environmental issues in Africa.
Odette Kayitesi, Burundian Minister for Territorial Management, Tourism and Environment
Cecilia Abena Dapaah, Ghanaian Deputy Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing
Benedicta Lindiwe Hendricks, South African Minister for Water Affairs and Forestry, suggested finding an entry point where AMCOW can influence decisions on the EU Water Facility.
Asfaw Dingano, Ethiopian Minister of Water Resources, commended a recommendation on the promotion of the institutionalization of groundwater management by river basin organizations.
Bonoudaba Dabire, Burkina Faso Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Fisheries
Maria Mutagamba, AMCOW President, confers with Bruno Jean-Richard Itoua, the Incoming President.
Henry Ntale, TAC Chair, speaks with a colleague from the AMCOW Secretariat.
Afternoon session
Maria Mutagamba, AMCOW President, pins 'drops of water' on delegates' lapels.
Subregional Reports
Asfaw Dingamo, Ethiopian Minister of Water Resources, highlighted major activities undertaken since 2006 in the Eastern Africa subregion and described how water policy challenges are being addressed through the promotion of policy dialogue.
Amb. Ahmed Abdessadok, Algeria, presented the report of the North African Region and said more work is needed to turn political aspirations into sound water policies for achieving the MDGs.
Bonoudaba Dabiré, Burkina Faso, presented the report for Western Africa and highlighted the need for capacity building and funding.
Monyane Moleleki, Minister of Natural Resources, Lesotho, reported on Southern Africa, focusing on issues discussed, positions taken and success stories.
Civil Society and Media Forum
Morning session: Civil society and media participants met separately in the morning to draft inputs to a statement to be presented to ministers on Wednesday.
Rosemary Olive, Women International Coalition Organization (WICO)
Participants during the morning session.
Morning session
Aline Tsiahou, Digital Radio TV (DRTV)
Civil society and media forum participants during the afternoon session.
Maria Mutagamba, AMCOW President and Ugandan Minister of State for Water, addressed the Civil Society and Media Forum later on in the evening.
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