NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
African countries should harness market-based
initiatives supported by the local private sector to bridge a
yawning water and sanitation access gap in the continent,
experts said at a forum in Nairobi on Tuesday.
According to the
experts attending the two-day Aid and International
Development Forum Africa Summit, harnessing capital, skills
and technologies from industry could offer durable solution to
water and sanitation crisis in the world’s second largest
the Country Director of the Wash Alliance Kenya said a market
driven approach should be adopted to boost access to safe
drinking water and basic sanitation in Africa.
Africa should rethink their models of tackling water and
sanitation challenges. The business sector could present more
innovative and long-lasting solutions if it is given the right
incentives,” Omufwoko said.
attending the Pan African Aid Summit in Nairobi who included
policymakers, industry executives and scholars agreed that the
continent’s prosperity hinges on universal access to clean
water and sanitation.
that private sector investments in water and sewerage
infrastructure have improved access to these critical services
in Africa’s urban centers.
sector has also been supplying innovations like solar based
water treatment gadgets to communities in remote areas,” said
“Small and medium
sized businesses have also supplied affordable water
harvesting technologies in rural Africa,” he added.
that political goodwill combined with friendly policies is key
to stimulate investments in water and sanitation sectors
across the sub-Saharan African region.
Llario, Solar and WASH Specialist at the Eastern Africa
Regional Office for International Organization for Migration,
said that mobilizing resources from the local private sector
is an imperative in order to expand water supply and
sanitation infrastructure in Africa.
“The market based
mechanisms to address water and sanitation access gap can work
in Africa in the light of higher investor confidence, reforms
and political stability in most parts of the continent,”