Hon. Minister of Public Enterprises, Hon. Poasi Mataele Tei, continued on leading the Tonga Water Board (TWB) delegation with 9 members attending the 10th annual conference of the Pacific Water and Wastewater Association (PWWA) from Monday 07th - 11th August at the Sheraton Aggies Hotel in Apia, Samoa. This year's annual conference for the first time had a special program for Young Water Professionals from the PWWA member utilities in Pacific Region. The PWWC was hosted by Samoa Water Authority and co-host organizations - the Water and Sanitation Sector of MNRE and the Samoa Independent Water Schemes Association.
The delegation from Tonga consists of the Hon. Minister for Public Enterprises, Hon. Poasi Tei, CEO for Public Enterprises, Mr. Sione 'Akau'ola, Acting CEO for Tonga Water Board, Mr. Sione Finau, TWB Board of Directors, TWB management team - Ms. 'Elisiva Tapueluelu and Mr. Matiu as a young engineer to participate in the Young Professionals program. The number of registration participants for this year's conference was a little over 300 - considerably more than previous years.
This year's theme was "Water Supply in a Changing Environment" which directly recognizes the increasing threats of climate variability, climate change and natural disasters and its impact on safe and sustainable water and adequate sanitation for Pacific nations.
The agenda for the week-long conference began with a traditional welcoming kava ceremony on the very first day. The official opening of the 10th Pacific Water and Wastewater Conference & 3rd Pacific Water Ministers Forum was held on Tuesday 8th August, which was declared opened by the Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa, Hon. Fiame Mataafa.
The Ministerial Forum held straight after the opening with an aim to discuss and affirm the strategic direction and focus of the annual Pacific Water Ministers Forum as part of the regional infrastructure to better deliver on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Deputing this year's ministerial forum, the Minister of Public Enterprises, Hon. Poasi Tei shared Tonga's respective progress highlighting the Common Utilities Sector whereby Power, Water and Waste are combined as one segment going forwarding. Hon. Minister Tei remarked on the implementation of joint venture for smart metering of Power and Water, which is scheduled to be completed by mid-next year.
PWWA confirmed that Noumea will host next year's conference, the 10th Pacific Water Conference, 4th Pacific Power, Wastewater Association (PWWA) Ministerial Forum.
Source: Tonga Power Limited