The African Development Bank recently held a discussion with the government of Cote d’Ivoire on the country’s water sector.
The discussion was held during World Water Day on March 22 in Abidjan. Louis-Andre Dacoury-Tabley, the minister of Water and Forests, and Anne Ouloto, the minister for Urban Safety and Sanitation, led the event.
The leaders deliberated on how water can help job creation. Specifically, they discussed Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in rural areas.
“We are facing major challenges and IWRM represents the most adapted way to address them,” Dacoury-Tabley said. “Ivory Coast is fully engaged in IWRM, gradually moving from sectoral management to integrated management. The time has come to put IWRM at the center of the land use planning.”
The African Development Bank showed a film about the rehabilitation of the Gourou watershed in Abidjan, a project that created 800 direct jobs and 2,300 indirect jobs.
“At the African Development Bank, we facilitate the conditions for job creation, while keeping with our goal to ensure inclusive development and green growth in Africa,” OJean-Michel Ossete, coordinator of the African Water Facility who was also in attendance at the event, said.