Examination of Witnesses (Questions 440-441)|
9 JUNE 2004
Q440 Chairman: One, I would imagine.
Andrew, do you want to comment on sustainability?
Dr Cotton: Sustainability of the
MDGs, if you are looking in terms of the timeframe of it, no.
If you are looking in terms of moving in that general direction,
I think then the role of the engineer and the role of technology,
the responsibility of that, is to ensure that the systems we put
inand again this can be very, very simple in water supply
termsare sustainable systems. Operation and maintenance,
for example, and financing of operation and maintenance, can be
dealt with locally.
Q441 Chairman: John, would you like to
go on the record on this?
Professor O'Reilly: Yes, I would.
Just picking up on what has been said, I think it is important
that there is a continuum in terms of this sustainability. So
what has been said about maintenance, and also driving up the
professional confidence and so on, and at the very top end of
that for the longer term. That is where the comments I made at
the beginning are particularly relevant, which is making sure
that there are ways in which people can develop in countries,
can be trained to the highest level, such that there is a long-term
sustainability issue. That is where I said coupling with, for
example the Master programmes and so on and scholarships for that
is a positive development in that direction.
Chairman: Could I thank you very much
indeed on behalf of the Committee for helping us with our inquiry.
You have added some interesting dimensions to it. Thank you very