Monday 29 May, Ms. Frenesh Mekuria, State Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity of Ethiopia visited World Water Academy in Nieuwegein. Together with five delegates she visited several water related sites and organisations in The Netherlands. Vitens-Evides International (VEI), with two large projects in Ethiopia, hosted the week programme and VEI asked WWA to tell more about the activities on capacity development and training in The Netherlands and the activities worldwide. Ethiopia is currently establishing a training and research center on water with the focus on Ethiopia, but East Africa as well. They are looking for international cooperation. During the programme in Nieuwegein, the delegates wanted to learn about the philosophy and experiences of WWA as training center for practical water trainings.
On behalf of WWA, Johan Oost welcomed the delegates and presented the organization and the activities worldwide. He showed the activities in South Africa under AquaDactics and emphasized the key role of enabling local experienced professionals to become trainer of local colleagues.
Also KWR Watercycle Research Institute was involved in the programme in Nieuwegein. Mr. Gerard van de Berg presented KWR as research institute and their activities like WaterShare and the role as Collaborative Center of WHO concerning water quality and health. During the interactive session both Gerard and Johan explained the differences between research and practical training, but stressed that it is a complementary field.
WWA hopes that this visit is the start of further cooperation with the new water training institute in Ethiopia. For more information: Johan Oost +31 30 60 69 417.