Burkina Faso/Water and Sanitation: The regional thematic group reports on the implementation of the five programs in the Centre-West
The Regional Directorate of Water and Sanitation of the Centre-West held its first ordinary session of the Regional Thematic Group Water and Sanitation (RWG-WS) 2023 of the Centre-West. Chaired by the Secretary General of the Centre-West region, this meeting held on January 30, 2023, aims to review the implementation of five programs in the region.
Water is life, as they say. However, access to this precious liquid sometimes presents difficulties. In Burkina Faso, the issue of water and sanitation has been taken seriously and occupies a key place in the country's sustainable development process. To this end, in 2016 the country adopted the national drinking water, wastewater and excreta sanitation, integrated water resources management and water development programs for the 2030 horizon. This, within the framework of the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is with this in mind that the Regional Directorate of Water and Sanitation of the Center-West initiated the first ordinary session of the regional thematic group on water and sanitation of the European Union.It is with this in mind that the Regional Directorate of Water and Sanitation of the Centre-West initiated the first ordinary session of the regional thematic group on water and sanitation for the year 2023 in order to assess the achievements, difficulties and to make proposals for improvement.
To amend and adopt the mid-term report of the regional thematic group on water and sanitation for 2022, to examine the regional annual progress reports for 2022 and the regional programming reports for 2023.The objectives of this first session of the RWG-WSS are to amend and adopt the 2022 mid-term report of the regional water and sanitation thematic group, to review the 2022 regional annual review reports and the 2023 regional programming reports of the five programs and to make recommendations for an effective and efficient implementation of the five programs at the regional level.
The opening ceremony of this session of the RWG-EA was chaired by the Secretary General of the region, Séverin SoméThe opening ceremony of this session of the RWG-EA was chaired by the Secretary General of the region, Séverin Somé, and was attended by about forty participants composed of agents of technical services, NGOs, technical and financial partners and the consumers' league.
"Without water, there is no development and no life," said Séverin Somé, who is also president of the RWG-EA, adding that the government has taken the issue of water and sanitation seriously. Hence the establishment of regional thematic groups to monitor and coordinate water policy actions at the regional level. "The objective of these important programs in rural areas is to increase the rate of access to drinking water, which was 65% in 2015 to 100% by the end of 2030 and the rate of access to sanitation from 12% in 2015 to 100% by the end of 2030," he said.
Also, he did not fail to show his satisfaction for the assessment of 2022 submitted by his team. From water to water development and integrated water resources management, through sanitation, several works have been completed for the benefit of the population. He said: "Personally I am satisfied and I congratulate all the actors. These results are the result of the efforts made by the various actors to improve access to drinking water and adequate sanitation for the people of the region.
Mr. Somé concluded by inviting the members of the RWG to keep the momentum in terms of solidarity and information sharing with the populations and all other community actors. Hence his wish to see the involvement of all for a successful RWG this year.
For the Regional Director of Water and Sanitation, Boukary Sabo, the purpose of this meeting is to take stock of the achievements and difficulties encountered in order to prepare for the national thematic group on water and sanitation. Mr. Sabo said that this is a formal framework, which is held twice a year. He added that this session will allow to assess all the annual reviews of the five programs of the water and sanitation component and also present the 2023 programming and take the various recommendations.
He said he was satisfied with the achievements despite some difficulties encountered in the execution of activities. "The launch of contracts and others have been a little late. So that was a difficulty. But in the end, there were still a number of works that have been completed for the benefit of the people and increase the supply of water and sanitation services in the Central West region," he said.