The Director of Technical Services of the Community Water and Sanitation Agency, Mr. Emmanuel Gaze has called for a strategic partnership with the business community to deliver water service for rural populations.
Mr. Gaze was speaking at a Business Roundtable organized as part of the third Ghana Water Forum under the umbrella of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI). The Business Roundtable is designed to create an opportunity for corporate Ghana to deliberate on its role in the water sector. According to Mr. Gaze, the private sector can participate in the operation and maintenance and entire rural water supply chain.
He added the private sector has a critical role in finding innovative options for post construction financing such example insurance of water facilities . These were contained in a joint presentation made by CWSA and the Sustainable Service at Scale (Triple-S) Project.
The presentation was under the theme: Towards Sustainable Water Services in Ghana: The Role of the Private Sector. At the same forum , a strategic water partnership initiative between the businesses in the water sector and sector agencies in Ghana was established to forge a closer working relationship between the various stakeholders.
This is to allow for the building of synergies among the partners. The Association of Ghana Industries will coordinate the initiative. The membership of the initiative include Coca Cola Company Limited, National Insurance Commission, Private Utility Service Providers Association (PRUSPA) , companies with specific interest in water; sector agencies -Ghana Water Company Limited , Water Resources Commission ,Community Water and Sanitation Agency, the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission and Triple-S Project Ghana.