Dr. Sayed Ismail, Deputy Minister of Housing and Utilities and Urban Communities for Infrastructure Affairs, chaired the meeting of the Higher Committee for the Follow-up of International Cooperation Projects, with the aim of discussing the executive position (technical and financial) for the Program for Improving Drinking Water and Wastewater Services, Phase II, funded by European development partners in addition to the contribution of The Egyptian government, with a total value of about 303 million euros, where the meeting was held with the actual presence of some committee officials and the participation of other officials via video conference technology.
Dr. Sayed Ismail explained that the Program for Improving Drinking Water and Sanitation Services “Phase Two” aims to serve villages in the governorates of Minya, Assiut, Sohag, and Qena, through the implementation of replacement and renovation works, raising the efficiency and expansion of existing sewage treatment plants, and establishing sewage stations. New and affiliated sewage networks (integrated sewage), extending and strengthening the existing sewage networks to raise the percentage of utilization of the energies of the existing sewage treatment plants, including home connections, replacing, renewing, raising the efficiency and expansions of the existing drinking water plants, and replacing and renewing the main water lines and distribution networks Including measuring devices.
During the meeting, the projects included in the program were discussed with regard to the technical and financial situation, the project timetable, the financial withdrawal plan, the contracting and procurement plan, the performance of the program consultant, the obstacles it may face, and corrective measures.
The Deputy Minister of Housing for Infrastructure Affairs stressed the importance of implementing the program in a distinguished manner, and that the time period be compressed to implement all the tasks planned for implementation, taking into account the implementation of projects at an appropriate cost and high quality, stressing the need to manage the program well and to maximize the benefit from available funding. According to the agreement and adherence to the schedule.
Dr. Sayed Ismail stated that the position of the sustainable sanitation services program in rural areas was also discussed in its first and second phases, which is funded by the World Bank and the Asian Bank and is implemented in 6 governorates “Dakahlia – Sharqia – Beheira – Gharbia – Menoufia – Damietta.” One of the most important development programs currently being implemented is the PforR mechanism, and it is considered a role model for all drinking water and sanitation projects, not only at the level of the Republic, but also at the global level, as the first phase of the program, which is intended to be completed by the end of this year, has proven successful in achieving All the annual targets, and the completion of the implementation of all the work required to be implemented in the specified times, with the contribution and cooperation of all parties involved in the implementation of the program’s work.