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The Ambassadors to Egypt from Germany, Frank Hartmann, and France, Marc Baréty, as well as the Deputy Head of EU Delegation to Egypt, Tobias Krause, visited a wastewater treatment plant project in Nile Delta’s El Sawaleh city, on Wednesday for a soft opening. They were celebrating the successful achievement of a Team Europe cooperation with the Egyptian authorities in the water and wastewater sector: Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, Holding Company for Water and Wastewater as well as Affiliated companies.
The visit took place in the presence of the Deputy Governor of Sharkia, Dr. Ahmed Abdelmoaty, Mr Amr Nassef, Head of International Cooperation of the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater, representatives of the Housing Ministry and the local implementation partner Affiliated Water and Waste Water Company Sharkia, as well as Members of Parliament.
The newly-constructed plant, with a cost of around 20 million euros, will connect more than 250,000 people to the sewage network for the first time, significantly improving people's health as well as the water conditions in the region.
This strategic project for Sharkiya governorate comes under the Improved Water and Sanitation Programme (IWSP), consisting of more than 70 single projects to modernize and extend the existing infrastructure in order to improve the access and quality of water and sanitation services for at least 4 million of inhabitants Egypt’s four Delta governorates, namely Beheira, Damietta, Gharbia and Sharkia. IWSP is close to his successful closing for almost all the single projects, implemented in close coordination with the HCWW and the affiliated companies of these governorates.
IWSP is a European initiative and shows in practice how Team Europe can jointly deliver on the ground in the water sector. This initiative has been shaped as a model of joint action and coordination between different European development partners, with a total of 295 million euro in funding jointly provided by the German development bank KfW as lead financier on behalf of the German government, the French development agency AFD, the European Union, the European Investment Bank and the Egyptian Government.