The Water Directorate of Ghana?s Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing (MWRWH), has announced its rescheduling of the 4th Ghana Water Forum (GWF) to the year 2013.

Originally planned for September this year, the Directorate said the GWF planning committee has had to postpone Ghana?s biggest forum on water, due to recent national developments.

In the interim, the planning committee says as it works on a new date for the forum, it will be reflecting on past events, reviewing and following up on past communiqu?s (decision points), and report on progress at the forthcoming forum.

It says it therefore welcomes inputs such as suggestions, comments and others from various stakeholders, to ensure an improvement over the previous water forums held since its establishment three years ago.

The Ghana Water Forum (GWF) was established in 2009 out of the then Ghana Government/Development Partners Annual Review Conference, to create a platform for Ghana?s political leadership, water sector professionals, stakeholders and partners to discuss opportunities and challenges of achieving water security for Ghana?s socio-economic development.

It is also aimed at taking stock of the status of the achievements of the MDGs in Ghana, reviewing key achievements and challenges and proposing strategies and actions for accelerating the achievement of the water and sanitation targets and also build consensus on water security and provide recommendations for consideration at the highest political level.

The GWF, which has already been held three times since its inception, is also geared at formulating concrete policies, strategies and actions to accelerate water resources development and the provision of services, providing a platform for exchange of Water and Sanitation Sector knowledge and information and serving as a forerunner to the Africa Water Week, where proceedings from the GWF are presented.

In a communication signed by the GWF planning committee chair and Deputy Director for Water at the Water Directorate, Mr. Harold Clottey, the committee pledged to finalise and communicate the rescheduled date and details soon, regretting any inconvenience the postponement might cause.

Previous Ghana Water Forums have been held in 2009, 2010 and 2011 in Accra under the themes: ?Accelerating Water Security for Ghana?s Socio-Economic Development? , ?The role of Children and the Youth in Sanitation and water service delivery in Ghana: The Sustainability factor? and ?Water and Sanitation Services Delivery in a Rapidly Changing Urban Environment?, respectively and attracted large participation from sector stakeholders and development partners as well as the Ghana business community.

By Edmund Smith-Asante

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