Egypt and UK sign MoU on water partnership
Apr 19, 2023
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been agreed between Egypt and the UK’s leading water sector trade association to establish a framework for bilateral cooperation on water projects for 27 governorates and the new cities across Egypt.
The MoU will make it easier for the UK water industry to participate in the opportunities in Egypt, and for Egyptian companies to access UK knowledge and experience.
“Egypt’s water and sanitation sector is undergoing a huge transformation and we need the expertise of British companies,” said Dr Sayed Ismail. “We have 40 new cities under development including a new capital city – this is a huge area of development, requiring extensive water and sanitation infrastructure, technologies and services.”
Ismail said expertise from the UK water sector and supply chain was urgently needed to help Egypt’s ambitious modernisation plans on desalination, water reuse, sludge-to-energy retrieval, and investment in human capital.
Among the 40 new cities is the new administrative capital of Egypt - which has a planned population of 10 million inhabitants and will feature green spaces, and separate residential and industrial sectors.
Another new city - New Alamein - is one of the most ambitious of Egypt’s smart cities, covering 50,000 acres and with a proposed population of three million. Styled as Egypt’s “Gate to Africa”, it will be made up of separate tourist, residential, industrial and historic sectors.
Investment in desalination is critical to Egypt’s plans for a more sustainable water future, he explained. There are plans for around 20 new desalination plants across the country, which the Egyptian government plans to build in collaboration with the private sector.
“The River Nile is the main source of water – and the main source of life - for all Egyptians. At the moment 90% of our water is taken from there, but we need to diversify our other resources, especially in coastal areas, the north of Egypt and the eastern borders near the Red Sea. This is where we see desalination playing a significant role.”
While undertaking such rapid expansion, the Egyptian government want to build the capacity of the employees in the water and sanitation sector, specifically in areas like facility management and service delivery.
“There will be a lot of opportunities for the Egyptian people working in sanitation and water, and also for the UK companies who can support this,” added Ismail.
British Water’s chair Mark Fletcher said, “After many months of planning and collaboration, I am thrilled this important MoU has been signed. This partnership will open many more doors for our members, who have a depth of experience and expertise.
“British Water looks forward to working closely together to help deliver critical transformation of water and wastewater services in Egypt.”
This news comes as British Water is due to host its annual House of Lords Spring Reception in London on Thursday 27 April. The event provides an opportunity for members and guests of British Water to network, harness strategic collaborative opportunities and promote their business to key industry figures.
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