The 10th Inter Country Working Group Meeting for SACOSAN (South Asian Conference on Sanitation) will be held from 11th to 12th September at Ozo Hotel, Colombo.
The meeting will be held under the patronage of Minister of City Planning and Water Supply Rauff Hakeem with the participation of State Minister Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle.
The keynote speech will be delivered by Secretary to President Austin Fernando.
Minister Hakeem said that representatives from the SAARC region, as well as from UNICEF and World Bank who fund and support to develop sanitation facilities will participate.
The South Asian region faces many challenges in sanitation. Sri Lanka has achieved a greater progress in providing sanitation facilities when compared with countries in the South Asian region. Open defecation which stands at around 2 percent will be totally eliminated by 2020, the minister said.
He further added that they are working together with the Health and Education ministries to introduce sanitation facilities in schools, specially for girl children.
The SACOSAN conference will be held in Pakistan next year.