The African Water Association (AfWA) held the 75th meeting of its Scientific and Technical Council (STC) from November 21 to 25, 2016. 120 delegates from 19 countries gathered in Lilongwe, the capital City of Malawi, for a 5-day event that provided an overview of the water and sanitation situation in Malawi and in Africa.
The STC’s session on « Climate Change and Sustainable Access to Drinking Water in Africa » was opened by Malawi’s Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Resources Development, Dr. George CHAPONDA, who also visited the mini-exhibition of this event.
Following the opening day of the Open-Door Day, the meeting continued with the committees’ sessions and a session of the AfWA Program Committee. In addition, a workshop on Technological Innovations in the Water Industry was conducted by the English company ISLE.
The committees concluded their sessions on Thursday, November 24, 2016, with the reports on their work, in the presence of Mr. Alfonso CHIKUNI, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Lilongwe Water Board.
The STC closed the curtain on its meeting on Friday, November 25, 2016 with a field visit to the host utility’s drinking water production facilities, followed by a recreational and tourist visit to Lake Malawi, the main source of raw water extraction of the country for drinking water supply and agriculture. The next meeting of the STC is scheduled to be held from February 13 to 17, 2017 in Morocco.