The start of preparations for the 11th Gulf Water
A preparatory meeting for the 11th Gulf Water Conference was held recently in Muscat at the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources, in the presence of His Excellency Ali Bin Mohammed Al Abri, the Undersecretary of the Ministry. The meeting was attended by a delegation from the Water Science and Technology Association WSTA, headed by Dr. Walid Khalil Zubari the President, Engineer Hamad Al Hatami Vice President, Eng. Mohammed Qamber the Treasurer and Eng. Ali Redha Hussain, Executive Director of the Association.
During the meeting, it was agreed to set up the Conference Organizing and Scientific committees, and determine their functions as well as the agreement on the distribution of tasks and responsibilities of the parties involved in the organization. In addition, the meeting discussed a range of topics related to the program, the scientific part of the conference, inviting keynote speakers and organizing the exhibition and ways to finance the conference.
Said WSTA President, Dr Zubari that the Association delegation received gracious hospitality by the Ministry officials while conveyed his sincere thanks and appreciation to His Excellency the Minister of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources on behalf of the members of the Board of Directors of the Water Science and Technology Association for his unlimited support for this conference, which is seen by many observers as a an important venue to discuss water issues in the GCC and its sustainability , especially as it comes at a time when the GCC heads towards draw a unified strategy for the water and begin to seriously consider the Water Interconnection Project between the GCC countries. The theme of the upcoming conference is to be focused on the issue of the sustainability of water resources in the GCC countries and its efficient management.
It is also worth mentioning that the Water Sciences & Technology Association will hold its conference in collaboration with the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources, the Public Authority for Electricity and Water, Sultanate of Oman and the Omani Water Society with the blessing and support of the General Secretariat of the Cooperation Council for the Arab Gulf States, in the period October 20 to 22, 2014 in the city of Muscat. The organizers has been recently calling for abstracts of scientific papers and those who are interested to submit an abstract are kindly requested to send it via WSTA webpage at the address www.wstagcc.org.
The meeting was also attended by Mr. Hashim Al Balushi Director of the Department of International Relations and a number of advisors and officials of the Ministry, and by the Omani Water Society Secretary, Mr. Ahmed Al Tubi, members of the Board of Directors, Eng. Abdullah Al Shehhi.