Water technology firm, association ink MoU

Xylem and the African Water and Sanitation Association have embarked on an innovative partnership after signing an oU

NEW PARTNERSHIPS Xylem and the African Water and Sanitation Association have embarked on an innovative partnership after signing an oU

8th March 2024

By: Natasha Odendaal

Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor


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Water technology company Xylem and the African Water and Sanitation Association (AfWASA) have embarked on an innovative partnership, formalising their strategic and cooperative collaboration through a memorandum of understanding (MoU).

The MoU, which was established on January 24, indicates a reinforced commitment over the next three years, with strategic collaboration centred around amplifying access to safe drinking water and sanitation and exploring other areas of cohesion.

“AfWASA and Xylem anticipate promoting pivotal water concerns and giving weight to transformative blueprints such as the African Development Bank’s Africa Vision 2025 and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals,” the duo said in a statement.

The partnership, designed to “zero in” on skills development in the water and sanitation sector, particularly bolstering women, youth, rural communities and entrepreneurs, will see AfWASA and Xylem leverage their networks, collaborate in organising events and workshops and collectively support water and sanitation services across Africa.

“Since 1980, the professional bodies that make up AfWASA have encouraged leadership in the skills development of water and sanitation stakeholders in Africa,” explains AfWASA executive director Olivier Gosso.

He says that the collaboration will facilitate the increased resolution of water- related issues for the association’s members, through educational and networking events, training opportunities through internships, the creation of shared content and training programmes, as well as the enhancement of the technological expertise held by its members.

The partnership will also explore avenues that aid their shared vision for safe and environment-friendly water, incorporating protective measures through various activities and training, as well as boost the initiatives of Watermark, Xylem’s social investment arm.

“Our partnership with AfWASA allows us to share deep knowledge and resources drawn from our global operations, enabling Xylem’s leadership in the water industry to complement AfWASA’S professional pedigree,” adds Xylem regional sales manager for West Africa and AfWASA of the Strategic and Technical Council member Samba Guindo.

“Most importantly, it will allow us to work more closely with AfWASA and its members and learn how they are tackling water issues in Africa, while pooling our global resources to bring innovative solutions to these challenges.”

According to the parties, the impact of the MoU will soon be seen through events such the AfWASA International Congress, Meet the Leaders and innovation webinars managed by AfWASA.

These undertakings are set to enhance AFWASA’s ongoing synchronised efforts with Xylem.

“This is Xylem’s vision, which we share with AfWASA. The fortified alliance between Xylem and AfWASA is destined to create waves in addressing water concerns on a broader scale,” concludes Xylem Africa strategy and marketing manager Chetan Mistry.

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor




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