The 2 day Water sector Intergovernmental consultative forum was held on 9th and 10th March. It was organized by IGRTC and sponsored by UNDP. It has officially ended today with Mrs. Angeline Hongo delivering the closing remarks on behalf of Ag Chairman, Mr. John Burugu.
She emphasized the need of the Intergovernmental water sector forum as an engagement platform between the Ministry of Water and county governments to deliberate on matters of mutual interest of the sector. She called for enhanced cooperation and consultation amongst various stakeholders for effective and efficient service delivery within the sector.
During the final day of the consultation forum, , stakeholders dealt on Intergovernmental Water Sector issues by receiving presentations from water entities including National Water harvesting and Storage Authority, Water Services Regulatory Board and National Irrigation Authority (NIA). The Joint Agriculture Sector Consultative and Coordination Mechanism (JASCCOM), an intergovernmental structure in the agriculture sector also made a presentation. The forum enabled dissemination and engagement on the water function cutting across issues of effective water harvesting & development of flood control, Irrigation status and potential in community based Irrigation, capacity building and lessons from the already in place Agriculture Intergovernmental sector.
The consultative forum outlined 8 resolutions and tasked IGRTC, Council of Governors, Ministry of Water, Sanitation & Irrigation, and Ministry of Devolution and Asals to follow up on the implementation of the resolutions to address and unlock the potential of effectively delivering the water function to Kenyans. The 8 pointer resolutions include:
1) Water sector governance
2) Capacity building
3) Water Resource Management
4) Intergovernmental Relations
5) Monitoring and Evaluation
7) Intersectoral consultative meetings
8) Unbundling of water functions