Côte d’Ivoire: New AMCOW Boss Dr. Canisius Kanangire Assumes Office

Aaron Kaah Yancho
October 10, 2016

Dr. Canisius Kanangire, the new Executive Secretary for the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW)
Dr. Canisius Kanangire, the new Executive Secretary for the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW)

The new Executive Secretary for the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) Dr. Canisius Kanangire has affirmed his readiness to stimulate the dawn of a new era for the African water and sanitation sector.

He declared his agenda in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire during the training workshop on web-based monitoring and reporting framework for stakeholders and francophone member-states which coincided with his assumption of duties as the head of the continent’s highest decision-making body on water and sanitation.

Dr. Kanangire restated his commitment to “strengthening AMCOW’s capacity to provide the needed political leadership and direction for the sector as well as reinforce its fiduciary mechanisms to achieve more accountability, transparency and value for money.”

The new Executive Secretary believes that strengthening AMCOW in its mission of ensuring the effective and efficient management of the continent’s water resources directly translates to the provision of adequate and equitable access to safe water and sanitation for all.

This, according to him, “carries the possibility of making critical contributions to Africa’s progress towards sustainable growth and development and setting us on the on the path to actualising the Africa Water Vision 2025.”

Dr. Kanangire who hails from Rwanda is the immediate past Executive Secretary of Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) Kisumu, Kenya and he brings to AMCOW, over two decades of experience in integrated water resources management and transboundary natural resource management. He succeeds Hon Bai Mass Taal whose tenure ended August 2016.

Established since 2002, the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) seeks to promote cooperation, security, social and economic development and poverty eradication among member states through the effective management of the continent’s water resources.

As the Specialized Technical Committee for Water and Sanitation of the African Union, AMCOW contributes to Africa’s progress towards sustainable growth and development by providing political leadership in the continent’s efforts at achieving effective and efficient management of water resources through the provision of adequate and equitable access to safe water and sanitation.

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Legitimately registered in Uganda, Water Journalists Africa was established in 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa with support from the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication. Water Journalists Africa has since 2011, partnered with various international and Africa based organizations such as the UN-Water, The Water Channel, Water Integrity Network, 2030 Water Resources Group and UNESCO-IHE among several others to enhance reporting on Integrated Water Resources Management in Africa and promote interaction among African Journalists who report on water. Some 700 journalists from 50 African countries to date are members of this network making it certainly the largest media network on the continent.

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