SADC water indaba set for Namibia

SOUTHERN African Development Community (SADC) in collaboration with the Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWP-SA) will this week convene a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the role of water in driving industrialization.

SADC communications and awareness expert (water sector) Barbara Lopi said the meeting in Windhoek, Namibia, would be held under the theme: Watering development in SADC: The central role of water in driving industrialization”,  which comes at an opportune time as the region recently approved the SADC Industrialization Roadmap and Strategy 2015 – 2063.

She said the event would be held as part of the SADC multi-stakeholder water dialogue, a biennial activity which provided a platform for regional stakeholders to discuss and share experiences on different aspects of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). Ms Lopi said mindful of water’s critical role in driving industrialization, the dialogue would bring together about 150 stakeholders from the water, energy, agriculture, industry, civil society, private and the academic sectors in the region to strategize on the role that water would play in driving industrialization.

“Almost every industrial process requires water, and water demand grows in parallel with increases in the industrial base, hence the need to plan and ensure that water does not become a constraint, both in quality and quantity, in order to achieve the aspirations set out in the SADC industrialization strategy and roadmap,” she said.

Earlier this year, SADC extraordinary summit of the heads of state and government approved the industrialization strategy and roadmap in Zimbabwe.

Ms Lopi said the event would be the seventh SADC multi-stakeholder water dialogue which served also as a platform to validate the fourth Regional Strategic Action Plan.

She said the detailed five-year programme for the water sector (2016 – 2020) supports the implementation of the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) and the Industrialization Roadmap and Strategy.