ACWUA History

The Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA) is registered as a Non-Governmental & Non-profit association (NGO), founded in 2006 as a result of an initiative by key water sector representatives in the Arab Region. The Association’s first consultative meeting was held in Cairo – Egypt in September, 2006. The meeting brought together delegates from Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, UAE, Palestine, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman.

Since the Association was founded, it has obtained the support of both the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia of the United Nations(UN-ESCWA) and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ). ACWUA Steering committee was formed during that meeting which was then followed by a series of regional meetings to discuss the establishment of the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association.

On 19th November, 2008, in Alexandria – Egypt, the general assembly meeting was held to elect the first board of directors whom agreed to locate the permanent ACWUA Secretariat offices in Amman – Jordan.

On 30 July 2009, the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA), was officially launched in Amman, Jordan. The celebration was held under the patronage of His Excellency, the Minister of Water and Irrigation of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan at the Intercontinental Hotel, Amman. Over eighty high ranking personalities from all over the Arab world and other countries participated in this special event, including members of ACWUA’s Board of Directors, heads of Arab water utilities, donor agencies and international organizations, experts and representatives from the private sector. A meeting of the Board of Directors followed the launching ceremony, and resulted in numerous decisions, including the structuring and composition of working groups that will guide the substantive work of the association. Through its working groups, ACWUA will focus on the management of utilities, water resources management, water and health, utilities reform, benchmarking as well as capacity building and training. Sixteen cooperative partners engaged themselves to support ACWUA and elected in a separate meeting their representative to the Board of Directors. ESCWA and Germany through the GTZ as well as numerous other cooperating partners are committed to continuing their support to ACWUA as a Centre of Excellence in the Arab water sector.


ACWUA History Charter