Hon. Emilia Pires and Hon. Pedro Lay, Minister of Infrastructure attended the Ministerial Dialogue on Sanitation and Water meeting hosted by both the World Bank and UNICEF. The meeting was organized for all Ministers of Finance of all those countries which may struggle to achieve the MDG targets by 2015.
The two days of meeting chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange, Netherlands and Chair of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation (UNSGAB). This was the first meeting organised on the subject matter.
The goal of the meeting was to ensure that the Ministers of Finance became aware that investing in water and sanitation had a huge economic return and would save money in the long run on health and education issues.
At the meeting, there was also the participation of Ministers of at least 2 CPLP countries: Angola and Mozambique.
While in Washington, DC, Minister Pires also attended several meetings with staff from the World Bank to follow-up on work related concerns as well as issues related to the g7+, given that this is now getting a lot of momentum in the international arena.
Minister Pires met with Ms. Sara Cliffe, World Bank’s Special Representative and Director, as well as with Mr. Jeffrey Gutman, World Bank Vice President & Network Head Operations Policy & Country Services. Minister Pires was given the opportunity to address one meeting of the World Bank and briefed the participants on the formation of g7+.