Fiji is hosting the 13th Annual Pacific Water and Wastewater Conference and Expo and the 6th Pacific Water Ministerial Forum. This will be the second time in the 13-years of this annual PWWA event that Fiji has hosted.
This year’s theme is ‘Resilience & Water Security’, which will see a Water Ministers Forum attended by Pacific Island Ministers for Infrastructure, a technical conference, a program and platform for Young Water Professionals, workshops and an Expo.
A traditional ceremony was accorded to the Deputy Prime Minister of Vanuatu and Minister Lands and Natural Resources, Hon. Sato Kilman who thanked the Fijian Government for hosting the annual conference.
Fijian Minister for Infrastructure and Meteorological Services, Hon. Jone Usamate delivered remarks as Chief Guest at the opening of the conference and is also chairing the Minister’s Forum.
“As part of the Pacific community, we all are facing challenges to access clean drinking water and proper sanitation for all Pacific Islanders. The issues are common amongst us and the most effective way to deal with all our issues is ‘Together’,” said Minister Usamate.
“The 6th Pacific Water and Wastewater Ministers Forum and the 13th Pacific Water and Wastewater Conference and Expo is such an opportunity.”
The event aims to allow association members to join the discussion of the challenges encountered by water and wastewater utilities post-COVID-19, as well as the serious impact of climate change on water and wastewater resilience and mitigation strategies that are being implemented.
“It is a wonderful opportunity to share our challenges and find possible innovative solutions that contribute to improving resilience and security and are sustainable for our blue Pacific. We rely on your technical expertise and your knowledge of the water and wastewater sector to inform our decisions and help us adopt robust water policies aligned towards water sustainability,” the Minister added.
“This week provides us all to bring together our hopes and ambitions. To discuss expectations, input and the way forward, to keep our planet a safe place to live and remain a close ally to water.”
As the Chair of the Minister’s Forum, Fiji has welcomed the opportunity to host the 13th Pacific Water and Wastewater Conference & Expo and the 6th Pacific Water Forum (the Water Forum is only for PWWA member countries).
A total of 300 participants have registered to attend the conference.
The 13th Pacific Water and Wastewater Conference and Expo & the 6th Pacific Water Ministers Forum is being held at the Sofitel Fiji Resort in Denarau, Nadi from the 14th to 18th of November 2022.