The Ministry of International Cooperation and the African Development Bank signed a development funding of 109 million euros to provide integrated sanitation services in residential communities located in rural areas in the Luxor Governorate, in the presence of Dr. Asim Al-Jazzar, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities.
This comes within the framework of the role played by the Ministry of International Cooperation, to coordinate between multilateral and bilateral development partners, and various government agencies, to manage development funds with the aim of implementing priority projects that benefit citizens and support the state’s national development agenda.
The African Development Bank provides financing of 108 million euros, in addition to a grant of one million euros, and through the implemented project, about 22,000 homes benefit from Luxor Governorate, in support of government efforts aimed at the continuous development of the sanitation sector and covering all governorates of the Republic with these services, in order to enhance The capacities of rural communities, improve their living conditions and quality of life, and support their ability to contribute to achieving food security. Through the funding, the capacities of the workers of the drinking water and sanitation company in Luxor Governorate will be built.
On this occasion, Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, praised the strategic relations between the Ministry of International Cooperation and the African Development Bank, which contributed to the provision of many development funds in various sectors, in order to enhance the state’s efforts to achieve sustainable development, noting the ministry’s keenness through coordination with partners Multilateral and bilateral development, to provide full support for projects implemented in the drinking water and sanitation sector, as it is a vital sector within the country’s national development agenda, working to improve water resource management and pushing towards a sustainable future.
The Minister of International Cooperation explained that the development financing that was signed supports the achievement of many sustainable development goals, especially the third goal of good health and well-being, the sixth goal: clean water and sanitation, the eighth goal: decent work and economic growth, and the eleventh goal: sustainable cities and communities, She added that with only a decade remaining until 2030, the Ministry of International Cooperation is making every effort, through the principles of economic diplomacy, to strengthen international partnerships that accelerate the pace of development in Egypt in line with the UN goals of sustainable development.
Al-Mashat said that the housing sector and water and sewage networks were among the sectors that benefited most from the development funds provided by the Ministry of International Cooperation through development partners during the past year, with 1.4 billion dollars, including 500 million dollars for the social housing project and 900 million dollars for water and sanitation networks. The African Development Bank was also among the development partners that made these funds available.
For his part, Dr. Asim Al-Jazzar, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, pointed out the importance of the project that is intended to be implemented in Luxor Governorate through the funding available from the African Development Bank, as 162 thousand citizens will benefit from the project at the beginning, and in the long term it will benefit 236 thousand citizens. Others, in addition to 30,000 farmers, are being implemented by the Holding Company for Drinking Water and Wastewater through the Luxor Water Company.
Al-Jazzar explained that the project strengthens the provision of sanitation and water services to citizens, and is in line with the directives issued by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi within the project of a decent life to develop the Egyptian countryside, and the state’s efforts to cover villages with sanitation services within three years, praising the role of the Ministry of International Cooperation to strengthen partnerships With development partners to implement development projects in Egypt.
On her part, Mrs. Malin Bloomberg, Deputy Regional Director for North Africa, Regional Representative of the Bank’s office in Cairo, expressed her happiness for the continuation of joint work with the Ministry of International Cooperation and government agencies in Egypt to provide funding for development projects, to ensure that all citizens benefit from the development efforts exerted, noting that The project to be implemented strengthens the state’s strategy to achieve sustainable development and provide clean water and sanitation services to Upper Egypt.
In the same context, Representative Imad Hammouda, Chairman of the House of Representatives Housing Committee, praised the state’s interest in Upper Egypt and its top priority for the state’s development plans during this period, expressing thanks for the efforts made by the Ministry of International Cooperation for the efforts made to provide development funds for the implementation of various projects, especially those implemented in Upper Egypt, and praised the role of the Ministry of Housing for the speedy implementation of the targeted projects, which will positively reflect the lives of citizens in Upper Egypt.
It is worth noting that the volume of the ongoing cooperation portfolio between the Ministry of International Cooperation and the African Development Bank amounts to about $ 640.8 million, in various development sectors between electricity, health, global research, entrepreneurship, budget support, drinking water and sanitation.
The article International Cooperation expected funding of € 109 million with African development to provide sanitation services in Luxor. It was written in Al-Borsa newspaper.