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Irrigation Minister discusses with his Ugandan counterpart ways to strengthen cooperation in the field of water



Irrigation Minister discusses with his Ugandan counterpart ways to strengthen cooperation in the field of water

Minister of Irrigation meets Uganda Minister of Water and Environment to meet

Dr Hani Sweilem, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, met with Dr Sam Chiptoris, Minister of Water and Environment of the Republic of Uganda, to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation between Egypt and Uganda in the water sector.

Dr. Sweilem welcomed the constructive discussions that took place with Dr. Cheptoris, during the activities of the Sixth Cairo Water Week and during his visit to Uganda in October 2023, as well as Egypt’s willingness to continue the cooperation between the two countries to serve the citizens of Uganda, and to take the necessary measures to implement the decisions and recommendations issued by these meetings, and complete the preparation of a future technical cooperation protocol as soon as possible , which aims to cooperate in the areas of: rainwater harvesting, groundwater monitoring, use of solar energy. the energy needed to extract water from wells and capacity building for workers at the Ugandan Ministry of Water and Environment.

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Dr. Sweilem also highlighted the long history of cooperation between the two countries, dating back several decades, as a Memorandum of Understanding was recently signed in 2010 to implement technical cooperation projects in Uganda, which included numerous development projects directly benefiting citizens. of Uganda, the most important of which is the implementation of 75 underground wells in the different provinces of Uganda to provide drinking water to citizens, as well as the implementation of rainwater tanks in (5) different provinces of Uganda to provide water to citizens. , livestock and domestic uses, in addition to what Egypt offers in the field of training and capacity building for Ugandan executives, and the fifth project extension agreement was also signed in November 2023 with the Ugandan ministry. Agriculture, Livestock and Fishing.

He highlighted the importance of the “Lake Victoria-Mediterranean Sea Navigation Corridor Project” because of its important role in serving Uganda and all Nile Basin countries, as it is ‘a corridor that allows the desired development in the movement of trade between the Nile Basin countries and the countries of the world across the Mediterranean Sea and opens horizons of integration in all areas between the Nile Basin countries .

Dr. Sweilem reviewed the significant efforts made by Egypt during its presidency of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCO), as Africa played an important role globally in many events international conferences during which the continent presented a common vision calling for prosperity for all and a secure and prosperous future for water.

Dr. Sweilem invited the country of Uganda to participate in the AWARe initiative and appoint a point of contact on the Ugandan side to identify priority projects for the Ugandan side in the area of ​​water and climate, where the The initiative could benefit from funding. for them from donors.

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