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The 1st general assembly of Arab Countries Water Utilities Association ACWUA was performed during the 2nd ACWUA Best Practise Conference "Capacity Development for Water and Sanitation Utilities in the Arab Region" on November 18th-19th 2008 in Alexandria/Egypt.

The conference brought together more than 200 experts from all stakeholders involved in Capacity Development, especially the operators and the practitioners from the Arab Region.

Until now, efficient water services are not a matter of course for Arab cities' citizens. Regional Cooperation and experience exchange between water utilities from different states will contribute to increase competences in management and technical operation of weaker utilities and help to close service gaps for the population.

The conference documented the up-to-date Know-How and Best Practice of the Arab region by country reports, sessions about quality management in utilities, various case studies and a panel discussion, and introduced new approaches for more efficient management in the field of water and sanitation.

The conference participants visited with great interest the accompanying exhibition with various Arab and European companies and suppliers active in the fields of water supply and sewage systems.

Alexandria Water Company, a field member of the Egyptian Holding Company for water and waste water HCWW, was host of the conference and offered side events such as visits to the famous Alexandria Library with historical books and modern architecture.

The 1st General assembly of ACWUA attracted more than 150 members from 9 countries. Headed by the Secretary General Khaldon Khashman, Jordan, it took decisions about activities and budget planning on the way towards a self sustaining, strong association. Further on, the 1st ACWUA Board of Directors was elected, with representatives of the utilities of all member states and a representative for the individual members. The Chairperson of the former ACWUA Foundation committee, Bassam Jaber, Lebanon, was elected as Speaker for the 2nd general assembly. The assemblies shall take place biannually.

The newly elected Chairperson of ACWUA, Eng. Nadia Abdou from Alexandria Water Company, expressed her gratitude to GTZ, UN-ESCWA and DWA for their support during the last 2 years of the foundation process.

Founded in 2007, ACWUA has now nearly 400 institutional and individual members, 10 % of them are utilities. Relevant international organizations such as the International Water Association IWA, the European Water Association EWA, GTZ and USAID appreciated the new regional association ACWUA and offer intense collaboration.

Please find all the presentations of the conference as pdf in the files area below.


Contact information ACWUA - Arab Countries Water Utilities Association, c/o UN-ESCWA, UN House, Riad El Solh Square, P.O. Box: 11-8575, Beirut, Lebanon (email:
Phone: +961 1 978 558, Fax: +961 1 981 510,
News type Inbrief
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Source of information Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA)
Geographical coverage Egypt
News date 27/01/2009
Working language(s) ENGLISH