A regional workshop for implementers of twelve projects financed by the African Water Facility (AWF) for ten Bank Group regional member countries in Eastern and Southern Africa is taking place in Kampala from June 23-27, 2008. The workshop, which has brought together Southern and East African experts, was opened by Uganda’s Water and Environment Minister, Maria Mutagamba. Speaking during the meeting, the minister expressed her government’s gratitude to the Bank Group for its support of the continent’s socio-economic development. She also commended the institution for hosting the African Water Facility (AWF) and organizing such a vital training program in Uganda. She recalled the role of the African Ministerial Council for Water (AMCOW) in the establishment of the Facility and said it was a pleasure to open the training workshop which was clear evidence of progress made by the Bank Group and development partners in attaining the objectives of setting up the facility. She called on participants to make the most of the workshop. Addressing the event, Bank Group resident representative in Uganda, Mukaila Ojelade, welcomed participants, in general and the Bank team that is conducting the training, in particular. He paid tribute to Mrs. Mutagamba who, during her tenure as AMCOW President ensured AWF’s creation. He thanked her for her continuous collaboration and support. Mr. Ojelade informed workshop participants of the strong partnership between the Bank Group and the Ugandan government. He highlighted the current level of financial support to the country’s water and sanitation sector, adding that the Bank was the leading donor in the sector. This, he said, was a demonstration of the institution’s commitment to the sector, a commitment designed to help strengthen the partnership in the sector. He called on participants to use the training workshop to improve their knowledge of Bank rules and procedures in order to avoid project implementation delays and low disbursement rates.