The Department of Water Resources (DoWR) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Vanuatu Skills Partnership (VSP) on August 12 in Luganville, Santo.
The signing of the MOU formalizes the collaboration between the Vanuatu Skills Partnership and the DoWR to achieve the shared goal of developing the human resources and infrastructure needed to strengthen the Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector in Vanuatu.
This is particularly critical as Vanuatu ensures it is well protected against the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is a specific focus on providing plumbing training to ni-Vanuatu, particularly in rural areas, and establishing good governance structures to assist local plumbers to operate as entrepreneurs and businesses within the WASH sector.
VSP Director Fremden Yanhambath said the DoWR and the VSP have strengthened their collaboration through our joint efforts and successes achieved in the TC Harold response.
“I am delighted that we can now mark our ongoing partnership officially with this MoU — through this type of locally-led collective action we will achieve the objectives of the Government’s National Recovery Strategy,” he concluded.
DoWR Director Erickson Sammy said we are all experts in our own field and could not do more on other activities related to our sector except to establish working relationship and partnership to allow better collaboration to ensure better services to our communities.
“In this case, DoWR picked the opportunity to sign this MOU to allow a working partnership with VSP to undertake much needed trainings for both the DoWR staff and the communities,” he said.
“The trainings will include Water sector technical trainings, community management and financial management trainings and other trainings required by the DoWR.
The partnership will be extended to potential support for water systems in selected prioritized areas in the near future.
“The signing of the MOU will definitely benefit the DoWR to allow capacity building at all levels to ensure safe, sufficient and sustainable water supply in rural communities.”
The MOU commences as of the 24th June 2020 and will expire on the 31st of December 2020 and will be amended annually with additional agreed partnership implementation frameworks to outline work plans and financial commitments of both parties.
According to the MoU, the VSP will continue to facilitate business coaching and skills development in water supply, sanitation & hygiene through its Skills for Construction initiatives under the SANMA, MALAMPA, TAFEA and TORBA Skills Centres, and on the island of Ambae.
The partnership will enable the provision of accredited plumbing training, installation of water boreholes on selected sites, development of a registry of qualified plumbers, and the development of a gravity water system on Ambae.
The VSP is supported by the Government of Australia.