SADC water sector minister’s meeting begins

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—-Ministers responsible for the water sector from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries are expected to hold a meeting in Luanda, Angola today with a view to find means and ways of how the countries would best use the shared water resource within themselves for socio-economic development.

The countries which include The Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe have so far sent representatives to the meeting being held at Hotel Avalade in the Angolan capital, Luanda.

Zambia is being represented by Deputy Minister for Mines, Energy and Water Development, Charles Zulu who arrived yesterday and was received by Angolan Minster for Energy and Water, Joao Baptista Borges and Zambian Ambassador to Angola, Barbra Chilangawa.

And speaking in an interview with ZANIS, Zambian Ambassador to Angola, Barbra Chilangwa described the meeting for the water sector as crucial for Zambia.

Ms Chilangwa noted that a higher percentage of water bodies within the SADC region was in Zambia and it was important that the country is well represented so that it becomes part and parcel of any decisions that would be made during the deliberations.

She added that there are a lot of economic potential for Zambia within the water sector, citing agriculture and energy stating that if well developed Zambia could be able to generate enough electricity even for the agricultural sector through irrigation projects.

Ms Chilangwa said it was time for the country to start using the abundant natural resources for economic development rather than depending on outsiders for help every time.