Water supply officials assess benefits of management project
Waterworks officials evaluated the management of water supply operation on Friday at the terminal evaluation of a project to improve management in the sector.
The evaluation was conducted at the 5th Joint Coordination Committee Meeting, which assessed JICA's technical cooperation Capacity Development Project for Improvement of Management Ability of Water Supply Authorities, which is taking place from August 2012 to August 2017.
The project aimed to strengthen the government's management capacity in the water supply sector and water supply state enterprises for sustainable and stable supply into the future.
According to a statement from JICA, the terminal evaluation of the project was conducted in February and March.
The evaluation report was tabled during the meeting, co-chaired by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport's Deputy Director General of the Water Supply Department, Mr Noupheuak Virabouth, and Acting Chief Representative of the JICA Laos Office, Ms Saeda Makimoto.
The meeting was also attended by all provincial departments of the Public Works and Transport and Water Supply State Enterprise (WSSE) in the country.
Several water supply operators expressed their appreciation of the project activities in their provinces and said they were determined to continue these activities with the pilot WSSEs.
Speaking at the meeting, Chief Advisor Mr Masahiro Shimomura said that many recommendations for actual activities were part of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.
She requested conscious changes from the water supply sector in Laos noting that efforts over the past 20 years to expand coverage had reached only 20 percent of the population, while the SDGs targeted water for all.
Mr Noupheuak reminded participants of the sustainability of project activities, requesting all WSSEs in the country to implement their long-term plans within three years.
The meeting approved project activities under the Annual Plan of Operation 2017.
During the meeting Mr Noupheuak signed the Project MaWaSU terminal evaluation report with the Director of Water Resources Team 1, Water Resources Group, Global Environment Department, JICA Tokyo, Ms Eriko Tamura.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update March 15, 2017)