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 content.
Tobias Omufwoko, 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.
“Countries in 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,”
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
Omufwoko noted that
private sector investments in water and sewerage infrastructure
have improved access to these critical services in Africa’s
“The private sector
has also been supplying innovations like solar based water
treatment gadgets to communities in remote areas,” said Omufwoko.
“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,” Llario