2013 High Level Forum to explore opportunities for African infrastructure investment

Oct. 14, 2013

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — Although Africa is one of the fastest-growing regions in the world, water infrastructure lags behind.

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — The High Level Forum, which will take place from Nov. 21-23 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, will bring together heads of state, finance ministers, water and sanitation ministers, investors, donors, businesses and trade associations from Africa to focus investor attention on water and sanitation infrastructure in the fast-growing region, according to a press release.

Although Africa is among the fastest growing regions of the world, according to the release, its growth is constrained by poor infrastructure in the face of a rapid urbanization rate.

Four hundred million people in Africa lack access to clean drinking water and 600 million lack acess to basic sanitation services, the release continued.

With widespread movement from a government controlled model for sanitation services to a more business friendly environment, there are more economic opportunities in the sector, the release noted.

According to the release, the 2013 High Level Forum is organized by Water and Sanitation for Africa (WSA).

For more information please visit: http://hlf.wsafrica.org/.

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