T he African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) was formed in 2002 in Abuja Nigeria, primarily to promote cooperation, security, social and economic development and poverty eradication among member states through the management of water resources and provision of water supply services. AMCOW’ mission is to provide political leadership, policy direction and advocacy in the provision, use and management of water resources for sustainable social and economic development and maintenance of African ecosystems. AMCOW, also a Specialized Technical Committee for Water and Sanitation in the African Union has been mandated by the African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government special session on water and sanitation convened in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, in June 2008, to develop an implementation strategy and reporting mechanism for the Sharm el-Sheikh commitments on water and sanitation.
AMCOW has over the years continued to restate the importance of ‘Water for Growth and Development’ as the overarching and driving framework for the attainment of Africa’s aspirations for poverty reduction; sustainable socio-economic development; as well as equitable and all-inclusive growth. For more information on AMCOW, visit: www.amcow-online.org