Egypt: The Ministry of Environment for Egypt has recently shared information regarding the recent extensive meeting held between the Heads of the Environmental and Waste Authority heads, Dr Ali Abu Sunnah and the Middle East Department leaders in the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation to explore ways of cooperation in environmental projects.
According to the shared updates, Dr Yasmin Fouad, Minister of Environment, stated, “We value the role of international development partners in supporting development projects and infrastructure to advance the waste management system in Egypt and improve air quality.”
In addition, under the guidance of Minister, Dr Yasmin Fouad, presided over Dr Ali Abu Sunnah, Executive Chairman of the Environmental Affairs Agency, and Dr Tariq Al Arabi, Head of Waste Management Organization, held an extensive meeting with Mr Mario Sander, Head of the Middle East Department in the Ministry of German for Economic Cooperation and Development accompanying his delegation to him.
Middle East Department Head Mario Sander attended the event as part of his official visit to the Republic of Egypt. In the auspicies of representatives of the Ministry of International Cooperation and donors from the German Construction Bank, the German International Cooperation Agency, and the Ministry of Projects Director, Dr Hazem Al-Dnananan, Director of the National Program for Waste Management, WD. Hossam Ezz-Din, Director of the Industrial Pollution Control Project.
Furthermore, during the meeting, the summit of the ongoing bilateral cooperation in the environment sector, represented in the National Program for Solid Waste Management and Anti-Pollution Program, phase three, was presented.
On her part, Dr Yasmin Fouad explained that this meeting comes in the framework of the constructive cooperation between the Ministry of Environment and several development partners from international donors and their pivotal role in supporting environmental and development projects in Egypt over the past years.
She further expressed her gratitude for this role and cooperation in future sector projects. The different environments, most importantly, are projects to improve air quality and waste sector to support investments in these areas, increase job opportunities and achieve a rotating economy to keep up with global development.
Such action taken during the projects supports the foundations of cooperation and partnership by determining clear goals and mutual commitments and implementing national plans and reform programs of an economic, social, political and institutional nature.
The reports stated that the meeting reviewed the executive position of the National Program for Solid Waste Management in the four governorates in its scope of operation (Kafr El-Sheikh, Al-Gharbiya, Qena and Asyut) and the infrastructure projects that have been accomplished to promote the system in those governorates.
Including supporting the governorates with a full fleet of equipment to improve the waste collection and transport system so that a total of equipment has become 290 equipped.
In addition, establishing seven intermediary stations, developing and enhancing the capacity of processing and recycling plants in Dafra and the Grand Mahalla West, Bella and Sidi Salem in Kafr El Sheikh and Nag Hamadi Baqna factory, and the most important results have been achieved, said reports.
During the meeting, the plan to complete the infrastructure projects was reviewed, including the creation of a waste processing plant and a medical cemetery in Qous Beqna Center, the design of health burial cells in Sadat cemetery, as well as the processing plant and the health cemetery in Assiut, the officials confirmed.
Meanwhile, shutting down random pranks as well as providing job opportunities through building infrastructure to the program, stimulating private sector participation, including small and medium-sized enterprises, and achieving the circular economy, which improves the productivity of these resources.
On the other hand, the executive position of the third phase industrial pollution control project was presented in accordance with the procedures and conditions of the donor parties. The implementation unit of the program with the Environmental Affairs Apparatus is currently providing technical support to 25 industrial facilities, and the program’s contribution reaches about 131.03 million euros in addition to 3 sub-projects.
The reports concluded that for small and medium-sized industries, with a total investment of 13,259 million euros, it is expected that all contracts will be signed by the end of 2023 and all loans will be disbursed by the end 2024.