We, as CIAT, were invited to attend the Africa Union (AU)'s Hydromet Forum took place from September 12-15, 2017. It was at the headquarters of AU commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The aim of the forum was to modernize the weather, water and climate information services and data in Africa. It was a high level official meeting where all government diplomats and ministries attended, but also various academia, private organizations, innovators participated.
Hydromet (i.e. hydrological and meteorological) services is a key for improving Africa's resilience to climate change, natural disasters, save live and increase investment. It was a great pleasure to attend the event, and also promising AU in collaboration with world bank seems at the right track in this. Lots of information is available in the World bank website.
First the overview of the conference can be seen from this YouTube:
Some background information about the forum here , here and here.