IWA Signs MOU with Water and Sanitation Regulators of the Americas
- November 14, 2018
- Category: Corporate, Global
The International Water Association (IWA) and the Association of Regulators of Water and Sanitation of the Americas (ADERASA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to bring experts of both networks together, to stimulate innovation in the sector and to boost sustainable development.
By working together, IWA and ADERASA are aiming to join synergies and strengths to form a joint and tailored source of leading-edge water knowledge in the region and to better connect practices to policy.
The MoU identifies areas of strategic convergence, with a particular emphasis on promoting a holistic approach to policy reform, institutional arrangements and regulations. This aims to lead to operational improvement and commercial efficiency of water utilities in the region, and strengthen the Latin American and the Caribbean water sector through professional and capacity development.
More specifically, via the MoU IWA and ADERASA will seek ways to promote the universalisation of water and sanitation services and the proper link between cities and their basins; to integrate innovation and new technologies in the sector.
Oscar Hugo Pintos, President of ADERASA commented:
“I would like to highlight the great opportunity it represents to link up with an internationally prestigious institution such as the International Water Association and strengthen our activities in pursuit of the implementation of the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation in compliance with SDG 6.”
“Working together we can extend the theoretical and practical knowledge of the regulation of water and sanitation services, providing our associates with a quality improvement for their daily activities.”
“The water sector’s development is in the focus of IWA’s activities in the region and the water professionals of this global network fosters the important and necessary exchange of knowledge and expertise,” said Ms. Carolina Latorre, IWA Water Policy and Regulation lead.
“This MoU shows how IWA values its members in The Americas and our commitment to do more. Our goal is to learn from the region and to accelerate the development of new solutions, promoting integration and cooperation in the Americas. Regulators are connectors, so working with ADERASA’s regulators network can help us reaching out and connect with the other stakeholders in the water sector.”
“We aim to bring experts of both networks together, to ensure that policies and regulations in the Region are enablers of innovation and sustainable development. With this MoU, together we generate synergies”.
IWA has more than 450 members in the Americas, and it continuously works with them to foster the development of the sector through transfer of knowledge, experience and specialist skills. The Americas embrace countries at varying stages of development in the water sector.
The need to improve regional integration in the water sector that promotes development and diffusion of innovation while supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is critical for the region.