Major General Mahmoud Shaarawy, Minister of Local Development, discussed with the World Bank delegation the acceleration of work programs for the implementation of the air quality management project in Greater Cairo, and the implementation of a number of projects and programs in various governorates of the Republic that contribute to improving the standard of living of citizens.
This came during a meeting held by Shaarawy today, with a high-level delegation from the World Bank, including Lea Carroll, Regional Director for the Middle East, and Dr. Dalia Latif, a senior specialist at the Bank, in the presence of Dr. Khaled Qassem, Assistant Minister of Local Development for Institutional Development, and Dr. Hisham El Helbawy, Director of the Local Development Program in Upper Egypt Dr. Muhammad Khalil, the national coordinator of the air pollution project, and representatives of the executive unit of waste management in the ministry.
The Minister of Local Development stressed that the ministry is cooperating with the World Bank, as it is one of the most important international partners of the ministry and the government and a key partner for all the successes achieved by the ministry in many areas of cooperation that concern the Egyptian citizen, and that the bank is highly regarded by the political leadership and the prime minister.
He welcomed the successes achieved by the local development program in Upper Egypt in the governorates of Sohag and Qena, which is implemented by the government with the Bank, and has been listed as one of the best practices that achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
The meeting witnessed a review of mechanisms for accelerating work programs for the implementation of the agreement signed between Egypt and the World Bank for the project “Air Pollution Management, Improvement of Air Quality and Climate Change in the Governorates of Greater Cairo (Cairo, Qalyubia and Giza) funded by the World Bank at a total cost of $200 million.
The minister referred to the new solid waste management system, to which President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi attaches great importance to ensuring its success, especially in light of providing the necessary funding for its implementation in all governorates, especially infrastructure projects, which go according to the plans and programs that have been developed in coordination with the rest of the ministries.
He stressed the importance of the solid waste component in this project, as it is linked to improving air quality through the establishment of an integrated city for treatment and disposal of all types of waste, closing random dumps, and establishing intermediate stations to raise the efficiency of collection and transportation.
Shaarawy explained that the Greater Cairo air improvement project includes the part on reducing vehicle emissions and public transport buses and transforming them into environmentally friendly units in line with the state’s trend towards using new and renewable energies and expanding buses that run on natural gas and electricity instead of using diesel. This period begins with the conversion of many public transport buses that run on diesel to gas and electric ones.
The Minister reiterated the importance of providing technical and training support to be provided by the World Bank to human cadres in the governorates of Greater Cairo and the Public Transport Authority in terms of planning, technical, financial and environmental aspects, follow-up mechanisms and all the elements required for the project to ensure its success and establish a sustainable system.
During the meeting, the latest developments regarding the establishment of the integrated city for the recycling and treatment of various types of waste, especially the municipal solid, medical, demolition, construction and hazardous materials, were reviewed in the Tenth of Ramadan City on an area of 1200 acres, which is the largest in Africa and the Middle East, and factories and units for treatment and final disposal of waste will be established. An educational and training center.
The Minister of Local Development stressed the ministry’s readiness to overcome any obstacles or challenges facing the project and to quickly resolve them immediately in coordination with the three governorates.
For its part, the World Bank delegation affirmed the important role played by the Ministry in this important project to improve air quality in Greater Cairo, which the World Bank attaches great importance to. The Ministry is a key partner in this project, pointing out the importance of starting the steps and executive procedures of the agreement on The land of the three provinces.
The World Bank delegation expressed its readiness to provide all support to the partner ministries and governorates in the project to expedite its entry into force during the next phase, to agree on the tender brochures, use advisory offices, and support the executive teams from the governorates and the Public Transport Authority in Cairo to be able to carry out the tasks entrusted to it, as well as community awareness of citizens with all the steps associated with it. by the project.
The article “Sharawy” discusses with the World Bank the implementation of a number of projects to improve the standard of living, which was written in Al Borsa newspaper.