Minister of Irrigation, AfDB to Cooperate on Water Project in Egypt
Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hani Sweilam met with Osiard Chanda, Director of the Water Department at the African Development Bank (AfDB), to discuss areas of cooperation between the ministry and the bank.
During the meeting, Hani Sweilam referred to the challenges facing the water sector in Egypt, such as the limited water resources and the negative effects of climate change, reviewing the efforts of the ministry in dealing with these challenges through the implementation of many projects.
He also reviewed the ongoing arrangements for organizing the fifth Cairo Water Week and water events within COP27, to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh this November, and the initiative to adapt to climate changes in the water sector, which Egypt will launch during the conference.
Moreover, the minister invited the African Development Bank to support this initiative, especially since it is one of the largest financing institutions in Africa.
Areas of cooperation between the ministry and the African Development Bank were reviewed, such as a feasibility study and capacity-building in the use of renewable energy in irrigation in three pilot areas in Wadi Al-Natroun, West Minya, and Al-Farafra, and studies on environmental impact assessment for the construction of the Zefta barrages.
They also covered future cooperation between the two sides in completing research studies on the integrated management of water resources on the Ismailia and Nubariya canals.
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