Ghana Ministers Attend Water and Construction Event

Ghana’s Minister of Sanitation & Water Resources, Lydia Seyram Alhassan, and the Minister of Works & Housing, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, will deliver keynote speeches at Water Africa and West Africa Building & Construction 2024, which takes place in Accra on 26-28 June. The guests of honour will tour the exhibition, meeting delegates and exhibitors, and hearing about the technologies and solutions being brought to bear on water and construction challenges in Africa and globally.
Ghana Ministers Attend Water and Construction Event

Ghana Ministers Attend Water and Construction Event (Image source: ACE Event Management Ltd.)

The free-to-attend event takes place at the Accra International Conference and features a three-day seminar and workshop programmme alongside the exhibition.

Colin Shaw, director, ACE Event Management said, “It is our great pleasure to welcome the Minister of Sanitation & Water Resources and the Minister of Works & Housing to Water Africa and West Africa Building & Construction 2024. Their participation underscores the importance of water, sanitation and housing in meeting all UN sustainable development goals in Ghana and across Africa.

“They underpin poverty reduction, economic growth, health and education, gender equality and environmental sustainability. There couldn’t be a more urgent need for this community of professionals to come together, network and share knowledge and expertise.”

Day one of the packed seminar programme focuses on water and sanitation, and delegates will hear from expert speakers and panellists about investment opportunities, along with initiatives to support climate resilience, flood management, pollution reduction and water quality enhancement. The day is chaired by Steve Anoff Amoaning-Yankson, managing director of Municipal Development Collaboration.

On day two, building and construction will be the focus of the morning session and topics include delivery of housing for low-income communities, and innovations in building and construction. The afternoon will feature practical case studies of solutions to environmental challenges from across Africa, and will be chaired by MIchael Obeng Konadu, chair of the civil technical division of Ghana Institution of Engineering.

Addressing flood challenges will be the theme of a certificated CPD (Continuous Professional Development) workshop on 28 June. Participation is available to all event registrants, and attendees will explore developments in integrated urban water management (IUWM) and gain practically-orientated knowledge and insights.

The wide-ranging sessions will cover the impact of urbanisation on river catchments, innovation and technology, and climate adaptation through water sensitive urban design. Programme instructor is Bob Andoh, adjunct professor at the University of Energy & Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana, and visiting professor at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. Harold Esseku, a council member of GhIE and senior WASH specialist at the World Bank will chair the day’s programme.

Shaw concluded, “This is the 30th anniversary of Water Africa, which ACE Event Management is delivering in proud partnership with the Ghana Institution of Engineering, and I’d like to give special thanks to GhIE president Kwabena Brempong for his support in building such a comprehensive programme. The event is open to all, and we look forward to welcoming delegates and dignitaries alike.”

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