It gives me a great pleasure to announce the first Ethiopia Water and Energy Week (EWEW) that will be hosted by Ethiopia’s Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy (MoWIE) , Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on June 17-20, 2019.
The week’s theme – Transformation of Water and Energy Sectors for Ethiopia’s New Horizon of Hope - will explore in greater depth Ethiopia’s water and energy development by looking at the past to learn from it, probing the present to evaluate the shortcomings and gaps to correct and fill, and outlining the path forward to help the country achieve its Sustainable Development Goals.
EWEW, the first of its kind to be held in Ethiopia, will foster a new and innovative ideas through meaningful and open discussion in four parallel tracks, i.e., WASH, Water Resources and River Basins, Irrigation, and Energy using a range of formats: panel discussions, speaker presentations, exhibitions, and showcases. It gives a platform that will enable MOWIE and other government organizations, academics from universities and research centers; private sector practitioners, development partners, NGOs, and international experts join together to explore contemporary agendas, emerging directions and future challenges that are at the forefront of the country’s water and energy strategies and policies.
Alongside the exhibition and showcases these different groups will also discuss and explore the policy challenges, present and share knowledge on good practices and innovative ideas, and address some of the obstacles to integrated water, irrigation and energy resources managements, and the nexus between them including climate change. It gives these groups to showcase their work to the public and be recognized for their participation in and contribution to the country’s economy.
Some of the highlights that will be covered under the major tracks include the newest strategic plan, the second One WaSH program and Open Defecation Free (ODF) Ethiopia; Youth Irrigation Program and introduction of new water-based growth corridors concept; the National Electrification Programs-Light for All, the mega projects like GERD, Koysha and other renewable energy developments involving the private sector; the mega transformational rural and urban greening including 4 Billion Trees. There will also be opportunities for different groups to have special events of their own alongside the parallel sessions.
I believe the first Ethiopia Water and Energy Week will provide the right environment for sharing knowledge and experiences as well as introduce new and innovative ideas and technologies that enhance science and knowledge driven policies and practices. I also truly hope the result of the symposium, exhibition, and showcase in the week eventually contribute to achievement of Ethiopia’s Sustainable Development Goals and shape the water and energy sectors for the foreseeable future.
I welcome the participation and support of all interested in transforming the water and energy sectors for the new horizon of hope in the country. Be a part of this great event by registering online.
Dr. Eng. Seleshi Bekele Awulachew
Minister, Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Energy
Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia