Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari, President, Kahramaa, addressing the press conference yesterday.
DOHA: The water and environment ministers from nearly 22 countries in the Middle East and North African countries, along with experts and decisionmakers from the industry, will discuss innovative solutions for water-related issues and challenges at the 2nd Arab Water Conference & Exhibition 2014 from May 27 to 29.
The event, under the patronage of the Prime Minister and Interior Minister H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, will be hosted by Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa) in cooperation with Arab Water Council, Essa bin Hilal Al Kuwari, President, Kahramaa, told a press meeting yesterday.
The second edition of the conference, titled ‘Towards smart management for the water sector in the Arab region through innovative and sustainable solutions to face rising challenges’ will be held in Sheraton Resort and Convention, Qatar.
With water conservation becoming increasingly important in the region, the conference will provide a platform to help reach a common understanding of what is required to address scarcity and methods of sustainable management of resources.
Al Kuwari said: “We are proud to be hosting the event. Water scarcity is an issue exacerbated by demographic pressures, climate change and pollution a strategic platform to exchange expertise is important.
“Since its establishment in 2000, Kahramaa aims not only at providing high-quality services to subscribers in Qatar, but also promoting sustainable development and fostering long-term investments in innovation to support Qatar’s development in the context of National Vision 2030 and related national and regional development plans.”
As a result of growing demand for water in the water-stressed country, Qatar’s water production (through desalination) has reached 325m gallons per day. Qatar is investing heavily to achieve water security, and with the commissioning of its mega reservoirs, the water back-up capacity will increase three-fold, providing seven days of reserves by 2026.
The forum will provide an opportunity to coordinate among countries and unify efforts to face challenges related to Arab water rights.
Participants will have the opportunity to exchange expertise in methods and modern techniques used in planning and national strategies in the medium and long term in the field of water management.
They will also discuss how to enhance the ideology of water security in Arab countries to serve their development demands.
Abdulaziz bin Abdullah Al Kuwari, representative of Qatar MICE Development Institute (QMDI) which has been awarded a service contract for organising the event, said “We are pleased with our newly founded partnership with Kahramaa and honoured to be associated with such a prestigious event.
“QMDI is well-equipped to manage a conference and exhibition of this level, thanks to our extensive local and international experience. Our track record has proved time and again that we are fully qualified to undertake such events in Qatar,” he added.