The Department of Water Resources (DoWR) and UNELCO have been applauded for hosting a successful 12th Pacific Water and Wastewater Association (PWWA) Conference and Expo along with the 5th Wastewater Ministerial Forum in Port Vila last week.
The event was held at Warwick Le Lagon bringing together over 200 delegates from 21 countries and 31 utility companies across the Pacific.
The delegates include senior government officials and ministers for water, chief executive officers of water utilities and around 30 young experts in water technology and innovations.
The outgoing Chairman of PWWA, Raka Junior Taviri, said this year’s event was special with the presence of Australia at the Wastewater Ministerial Forum for the first time.
New Zealand too has indicated to come on board, he said.
This was the first time for the Vanuatu Government, represented by the DoWR, to host the regional water event after joining PWWA in 2017.
UNELCO was a founding member of the Association.
Vanuatu offered to host this year’s event during the 11th PWWA Conference and Expo and 4th Wastewater Ministerial Forum in New Caledonia last year.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PWWA Board, Lusia Sefo Leau, thanked the DoWR and UNELCO during the closing ceremony, for proving that they can successfully host the event.
Local sponsors such as Pacific Energy, Telecom Vanuatu Limited, Vanuatu Water, Mainguy Consultant, AJC, VBTC, Daemo, Huntersh20, HACHM, Instrumatics, Australian Water Partnership including the Asian Development Bank are acknowledged for their contribution in ensuring the event was successful.
Prime Minister Charlot Salwai and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ralph Regenvanu, who was formerly the minister for water resources were applauded for gracing the occasion with their presence.
Next year’s PWWA Conference and Expo and the 6th Wastewater Ministerial Forum will be held in the Cook Islands.