Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho continued to tower on Thursday, October 24, when his county beat several other world cities to host an international forum.
Mombasa City was announced the host the International Desalination Association (IDA) congress expected to take place in October 2021, county communications representative Richard Chacha confirmed to Kenyans.co.ke.
Some of the 14 cities that had presented bids in hosting the project included Barcelona, Daegu, Calgary, Cape Town, Chennai, Durban, Hyderabad, Malta, Manchester.
The city emerged as a finalist alongside three others; Melbourne and Sydney in Australia and Daegu in Korea.
Mombasa became the first African city to host the conference that dates back to 1985 having been held in 17 cities across the world.
Mombasa emerged victorious largely owing to its water alienation plans with two desalination plants expected to be set up in Shanzu and Likoni by 2021.
“The contracts were awarded to two Spanish companies and the signing ceremony was held late last year in the presence of Governor Hassan Joho and other stakeholders,” Chacha stated in a 2018 reference to the bidding process.
IDA is located in 60 countries and serves as the largest information and professional development resource center for the global desalination industry.
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