Uganda has applied to host the 2020 African Water Association (Afwa) congress, expected to attract more than 1,500 delegates from national water and sewerage utilities across the continent.
Kampala faces stiff competition from Senegal’s Abdijan, the seat of Afwa headquarters.
National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) managing director Eng Silver Mugisha, who leads Uganda’s campaign to bring the congress to Kampala, says the event is a big chance to brand and market the country.
“Hosting a conference of this calibre is part of our public relations campaign as an organisation but would present an opportunity to showcase Uganda’s tourism potential as well,” Mugisha said while speaking to Kampala Water staff last evening (Wednesday February 21).
Neighbouring Kenya hosted the Afwa congress in Nairobi in 2016.
In a related development, NWSC will host an International Water Association (IWA) meeting to discuss solutions to intermittent supply next year.
The gathering is equivalent to Afwa’s Scientific and Technical Council (STC) forum through which member countries share knowledge and innovations in the sector.
Mugisha, who is the first African vice president of IWA, says such forums have created opportunities for NWSC to learn the best global practices as they seek delivery models for better services in the country.
Meanwhile, Kampala Water (which covers Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso districts) has reported increased new connections to the utility in the last six months.
According to NWSC corporate and public affairs manager, Sam Apedel, connections increased from 256,000 to 259,000 customers, raising expected income from Shs 15 billion to 16.7 billion.