Caribbean Development Bank News , 26 November 2014
"These training programmes come ahead of the Inaugural Caribbean Water Leaders’ Summit which is being held under the auspices of the Global Water Leaders Group (GWLG), also to be held in Barbados on November 29 at the Accra Beach Hotel. The CDB and CReW are facilitating the attendance of the CEOs of the regional water utility companies at this Summit."
"Participating countries are: Anguilla, Antigua, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands."
Caribbean Regional Fund For Wastewater Management (CReW) News , 29 November 2014
"The Global Environment Facility-funded Caribbean Regional Fund for Wastewater Management (GEF CReW) Project is collaborating with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the World Bank Group, the Caribbean Water and Sewerage Association Inc. (CAWASA) and the Global Water Leaders Group, in the delivery of a ten-week training programme on Water Utility Reform which began in September 2014."
"The first Caribbean Water Leaders’ Summit takes place at the Accra Beach Hotel in Barbados on Saturday 29th November, 2014. This one-day event will be attended by 40 of the region’s foremost water leaders and experts."
The Barbados Advocate , 02 December 2014
"Across the region and internationally, the water and sanitation sector faces similar problems, and Barbados is not immune to this."
" 'Similar problems of being the most capital intensive of all utilities, but lacking access to financing and has an ageing infrastructure; inadequate tariffs and inadequate coverage, is generally deemed to be performing poorly in a large number of developing countries,' noted General Manager of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA), Dr. John Mwansa, in his address to the inaugural Caribbean Water Leaders Summit, which got under way on Saturday."
LOOP Barbados , 02 December 2014
" 'Sanitation coverage in the region is still considered poor.' A statement that was recently made by General Manager of the Barbados Water Authority (BWA), Dr. John Mwansa at the Inaugural Caribbean Water Leaders Summit held at Accra Beach Hotel in Barbados."
"The BWA is in the process of developing a Standards of Operating Procedures, Upgrading of the Water supply and Sanitation system which includes replacement of inefficient energy equipment and the replacement of mains which is expected to reduce 'non-revenue water and frequent disruption of services due to water main busts.' "
These projects, Dr. Mwansa says, are all aimed at improving the authority’s performance."
LOOP Barbados , 03 December 2014
"Regulation alone cannot improvement the water sector."
"Edward Greene, Division Chief of The Technical Corporation Division at the Caribbean Development Bank, says it might be misleading to think that regulation alone will lead to improvements in the water sector."
"Greene, addressing participants at a recent water summit, said he believes that regulation is only one part of a more comprehensive set of reforms that must take place in the overall global water sector."