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First African Water Week
26-28 March 2008 |Tunis, Tunisia

Tunisia's Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Mohamed Habib, opened the First African Water Week on Wednesday, March 26, 2008, in Tunis, Tunisia. The opening plenary with several ministers of water from Africa in attendance, was also addressed by invited eminent persons, among them HRH Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange (Netherlands), Loic Fauchon, President of the World Water Council, and Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank Group.

This was followed by a morning and early afternoon plenary to consider the issue of 'Infrastructure Platform for Achieving Water Security'. The morning session, co-Chaired by Gilbert Mbesherubusa, AfDB, and Asfaw Dingamo, Minister for Water Resources Ethiopia, focused on lessons learned at the global level, while the afternoon session, co-Chaired by David Grey, World Bank, and Maria Mutagambe, Minister for Water and Environment, Uganda, focused on regional experiences. The late afternoon plenary, co-Chaired by Halifa Drammeh, UNEP, and Sellal Abdelmalek, Minister of Water Resources, Algeria, considered Africa's progress in meeting the water and sanitation related Millennium Development Goals.

Plenary room during opening session.
Mandla Gantsho, Vice President, African Development Bank (AfDB) and Co-Chairman of the Water Week Steering Committee
S. E. M. Mohamed Habib Haddad Tunisia's Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Co-Chairman of the Water Week Steering Committee
His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander, The Prince of Orange, Chairman of United Nations Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB)
Loic Fauchon, President of the World Water Council
His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander
L-R: His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander; B. Ahmadu, African Union Commission; Mandla Gantsho, Vice President, AfDB and Co-Chairman of the Water Week Steering Committee
Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank Group
Oumar Sarr, Senegal's Senior Minister of Urbanism, Housing and Urban Hydraulics, Public Hygiene and Sanitation, speaking on behalf of the President of the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW).
Babaganu Ahmadu, African Union Commission
Photo session during the morning break.

Plenary 1: Infrastructure Platform for Achieving Water Security -
Lessons of Global Experience

The Co-Chairs and presenters on the lessons learned at the global level on water security.
H. E. Asfain Dingamo, AMCOW Co-Chair
Jerome Priscoli, US Corps of Engineers
Fru Fonteh, Global Water Partnership
David Grey, The World Bank
A. T. Diallo, AfDB
Olcay Unver, World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)
D. Molden, International Water Management Institute (IWMI)

Plenary 2: Infrastructure Platform for Achieving Water Security -
Lessons of Regional Experience

H. E. Asfain Dingamo, AMCOW Co-Chair
Ahmed Bahaa El Din Mohamed, Egypt
Martha Solomon, Ethiopia
Kazushi Hashimoto, Executive Director, Japan Bank for International Cooperation
Eugene Shamba, Congo
Mebrahtu Iyassu, Director General, Ministry of Land, Water and Environment, Eritrea
A. Ouedrago, Burkina Faso

Plenary 3: Meeting the Water and Sanitation MDG

Co-Chairs (left): Sellal Abdelmalek, Minister of Water Resources, Algeria; Halifa Drammeh, Special Adviser on Africa, Office of the Executive Director, UNEP
Abdul-Nashiru Mohammed, WaterAid, West Africa
James Winpenny, Consultant

L-R: Bert Diphoorn, UN-Habitat; Wambui Gichuri, WSP-Africa

Graham Alabaster, Chief WatSan Section I, UN-Habitat
Moussa Ould Hmednah, Mauritania
Dick van Ginhoven, Netherlands
Ibrahim Bamba
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