Uganda learns water, sanitation lessons from Zambia

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A delegation from the Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment is in Zambia to learn about the country’s water and sanitation sector reform development.


The delegation, which is being led by Uganda’s Minister of Water and Environment Betty Bigombe, arrived on Sunday with a sole purpose of learning how the Zambian government has developed its institutional, policy, legislative and regulatory framework to improve the provision of water supply and sanitation services.


And Acting Local government and Housing Minister Sylvia Masebo expressed gratitude that the Ugandan government has chosen Zambia as a learning point.


Ms. Masebo noted that despite scoring some successes, Zambia has in the past faced challenges in developing its water sector especially in the area of investment and infrastructure development.


She said the country has established the National Water and Sanitation Council (NWASCO), which is a regulatory body for the sector, and advised the Ugandan delegation to closely look at the functions of the council.


She said government came up with reforms in the sector in order to effectively provide water and sanitation services to its people in rural and urban areas.


Ms. Masebo was speaking when the Ugandan delegation paid a courtesy call on her at the Ministry of Local Government and Housing in Lusaka.


And the Ugandan Minister Water and Environment Betty Bigombe said her government picked on Zambia because of the successes the country has scored in the water sector.


Ms. Bigombe further said Uganda decided to learn from Zambia due to the latter’s usual cooperation with her country.


She noted that Zambia has best practices that Ugandan wants to emulate in establishing its regulatory body in the water sector.


The Ugandan Minister is accompanied by her Permanent Secretary, commissioners, engineers, and GTZ officials.