On May 19th, the Spanish Association of Water Supply and Sanitation (AEAS) and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID) signed a cooperation agreement in Madrid to undertake initiatives to help improve utilities in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The agreement aims to provide technical assistance to utilities supplying water and sewage services in Latin America that seek such assistance in the form of projects financed by the Fund for Water and Sewage Cooperation (FCAS), which is administered by the AECID.
Members of the AEAS will carry out diagnoses and identify needs so that processes can be improved. They will provide technical assistance and support to operation and maintenance of urban water services and infrastructure. AEAS members will also provide support in the drafting of enhanced management plans, promoting the setting up of networks for the exchange and transfer of experiences and knowledge, and monitoring and assessing the implementation of such enhancements.
The AECID will be responsible for the management of all activities financed. It will provide prior ratification of these activities and the countries in which they are to be carried out, and will be responsible for setting objectives and fixing the duration of initiatives, etc. The AECID will also monitor and provide a final evaluation of the activities.