WATER Development and Sanitation Minister Mike Mposha is lobbying the international community seeking to mobiles US$5.75 billion to help improve the country’s water security and sanitation by 2030.
Speaking during the World Water Week on governing values and benefits of water in Sweden, Mr. Mposha said the funds will be channeled towards water investments aimed at Supporting economic transformation, enhancing resilience through water while strengthening water and sanitation governance.
He said the New Dawn Government was committed to addressing water and sanitation challenges and ensuring that water resources management is effective and efficient within the tenets of good governance.
He called on the international partners to consider working with the Government to implement the Zambia investment Programme.
He said President Hakainde Hichilema and his administration were committed to ensuring that a conducive environment is created for water and sanitation investment to thrive and be able to contribute to economic transformation and job creation of the country.
He said the New Dawn administration will ensure transparency and the rule of law is in effect so that water resources management is undertaken efficiently and effectively so as to attain national water security.
“We still have some of our citizens without access to basic water and sanitation services as we only have about 71 percent of our citizens with access. While sanitation coverage stands at 54 percent and we are still grappling with the issues of water pollution due to dilapidated water infrastructure and limited Financing,” Mr. Mposha said.
He said Zambia had made significant strides in increasing the water and sanitation coverage across the country.
Stockholm International Water Institute Chief Operating Officer Karin Gardes said her institute was undertaking academic and technical research that would help developing nations in making of sound political decisions in the water sector.