Water and energy sector talks next week at Virtual African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa

By: African Utility Week & POWERGEN Africa
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - May 7, 2020 - PRLog -- "A shift in resources allocation towards the health sector to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic is going to starve other sectors like the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector of much needed financing," says Paul Yillia, award-winning water sector expert.

"Often WASH is treated independently from the health sector," he adds, "and given the importance of WASH in preventing the spread of COVID-19, I think this is an opportunity and actually a need for authorities to consider WASH as an essential enabler to the public health measures that are being considered and put in place and this applied to resources allocation as well."

Paul Yillia, Guest Research Scholar (Water Programme) at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria, is the moderator of the live discussion on "WASH as first line of defence against Covid-19: unpacking the African water sector response" next week during the Virtual African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa.

The session is one of 10 unique, live discussions focusing on the power, energy and power sectors on the continent that are free to attend online from 11-15 May 2020. During the weeklong webinar series, attendees will be able to engage with speakers and fellow attendees through an exclusive virtual matchmaking digital tool.

The programme will include:

Monday, 11 May 2020
13h00: Exploring private sector participation in the African power and water sector
15h00: Adopting new behaviours to influence emissions across Africa

Tuesday, 12 May 2020
13h00: Maintenance: key to keeping the lights on
15h00: The energy transition for Africa in a post COVID-19 world

Wednesday, 13 May 2020
13h00: How to attract investment opportunities for South African SMMEs working in the green economy
15h00: Energy access matters

Thursday, 14 May 2020
12h30: CEO Forum - Financial health in the aftermath of Covid-19: lessons learnt and best practices for African power utilities
15h00: WASH as first line of defence against Covid-19: unpacking the African water sector response

Friday, 15 May 2020
13h00: Municipal Leaders Forum: Solutions for city and municipal revenue management
15h00: Key considerations in smart grid and metering communication

For more information about confirmed speakers and to register go to: https://www.african-utility-week.com/virtual/virtual-prog...

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