The Deputy Minister of Housing discusses with representatives of the World Bank the implementation of the strategies of the utility sector


Dr. Sayed Ismail, Deputy Minister of Housing for Infrastructure Affairs, met with representatives of the World Bank in Egypt to discuss future cooperation with the Bank regarding the implementation of the various utilities sector strategies to achieve its goals, which included water desalination, sludge management and biogas production, within the framework of the directives of Dr. Assem El-Gazzar, The Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, stressed the need to cooperate with development partners inside Egypt, to discuss ways and mechanisms for implementing the vision and strategy for growth in the utilities sector..

Dr. Sayed Ismail discussed, with representatives of the World Bank, future cooperation in the fields of water desalination and multiple modern technologies for water desalination using non-conventional renewable energy such as solar energy, in line with the approach of transition to a green economy, by promoting the optimal use of available water resources through the expansion of water resources. Establishing seawater desalination plants, benefiting from the expertise of the private sector, and encouraging the local industry for the components used in desalination plants. The huge investments required to establish desalination plants and the high cost of operation and maintenance led to the need to involve and encourage the private sector as a key partner in the system for establishing and operating desalination plants..



During the meeting, Dr. Sayed Ismail discussed, with representatives of the Bank, the strategy of sludge management and biogas production, which is a source of green energy by reducing greenhouse gases, directing the need to increase research studies and develop projects in that field to rationalize energy consumption..



The Deputy Minister of Housing for Infrastructure also stressed the importance of training and capacity-building for workers in the sector in accordance with the latest systems used in developed countries, by keeping pace with the latest technologies and methods used in the implementation, operation, maintenance and management of projects for seawater desalination plants, sludge treatment and reuse, so that they are a renewable source of energy..



He said: The possibility of contributing to water sustainability in an effective manner for Egypt was discussed by reducing losses in water networks and improving the financial and technical competencies of water companies in various governorates..



At the end of the meeting, Dr. Sayed Ismail thanked the representatives of the World Bank in Egypt for the efforts made in supporting the strategies and future visions of the utilities sector, to implement the projects and technical studies required to achieve the sector’s goals..

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