Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Cecilia Abena Dapaah, has stated that government recognises and supports the need for more innovative methods to enhance the building and construction industry.
Speaking at the Water Africa and West Africa Building and Construction exhibition under the theme ‘Ghana’s Urban and Rural Water: The sanitation challenges for the 21st century’”, she explained that government is prepared to invest more in Ghana’s water and waste management systems to compliment the work done by the country’s civil engineering and housing project providers.
“We are supporting this project which aims at helping civil engineering and housing project providers in West Africa take into consideration new materials and machinery being used in the construction of water systems. Innovation is all we are looking for,” she said.
She called on donors and development agencies, international and local companies to play their part to ensure that safe water, improved sanitation and affordable housing are available to all.
Tracey Nolan-Shaw, Managing Director of ACE Event Management and organiser of the event, stated in her interaction with the media that international sanitation experts are exploring ways of channeling investments to Ghana’s waste management.
According to her, “much has been made in Ghana to deal with sanitation, waste management and clean water”. She therefore asked government to ensure that all necessary initiatives must be embarked on to improve sanitation and ensure that the country attains the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Government has been a big supporter of this event since its beginnings in the 1990s, and has always presented enthusiastic ministerial support – particularly with the programme of seminars that accompanies the trade exhibition.
The organizer, ACE Event Management, will be looking back over 25 years of working in Ghana, beginning with the company’s first event at the Labadi Beach Hotel in April 1994.
The event “aims to create a two-way flow of information for visitors and participants, which will help them to analyse their sector needs more precisely and set in place the necessary steps for expansion and improvement in those important areas,” according to Mrs. Nolan-Shaw.
This year, countries represented among the 70-plus exhibitors include: Austria, Belgium, China, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Iran, Jordan, India, Italy, Kuwait, Libya, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Switzerland, the UAE, UK and USA.
The Water Africa and West Africa Building and Construction event was sponsored by Interplast, Incor, Ingreen, Everlast, Inesfly Africa, Polytank, Global Communities-YIEDIE Project, Schneider Electric, Enclave, Security Warehouse Limited and Herrenknecht.