Fadel Water Institute (FWI) in collaboration with Institute of Trade Development (ITD) capacity building institutions in trade, water and sanitation sectors within EAC and COMESA regions are organizing a Benchmarking Study Tour to Egypt.

Egypt is a land of great historical significance; it is probably one of the oldest civilizations having emerged from the Nile valley around 3,100 years ago. The river Nile supplies 55 billion m³ of freshwater every year, which represents 97 percent of all renewable water resources in Egypt outside her boundaries. Average rainfall in Egypt is estimated at 18 mm or 1.8 billion m³ per year. About 96 percent of Egypt’s land mass is made up of desert. Egypt has managed the only key water resource “The River Nile” to become a leading economy in Africa and Middle East. Egypt is utilizing the limited water resource to transform and develop its economy in all sectors ranging from agriculture, energy, tourism, transportation, trade and industry. Egypt is one of the most attractive destinations for foreign direct investment and tourism in Africa even after the revolution.

Almost the whole Egyptian population has access to improved water sources. In 2010, 98 percent of the population was connected to water supply, which is very close to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development average of 99 percent. Furthermore, 70 percent of the Egyptian population is connected to the sewerage infrastructure. Egypt is much better off than other African countries as it have already reached the Millennium Development Goals of halving the number of people without proper access to save water and sanitation by 2015.

In the last 30 years the Government of Egypt has made huge investment in developing water supply infrastructure sector. Hence Egypt ranks among the best lower middle income countries in the world in terms of the providing rural and urban areas with improved drinking water supply and sanitation. The lead trainer will be Dr. Hatem Ahmed Fadel Ahmed. Dr. Ahmed and Prof. Fadel are the inventors of this low cost technology and have used the same technology in Egypt to treat water and wastewater being supplied to over 18 million people in cities and rural villages.

The key benefit of this program is the exposure it provides to policy makers, top and senior management on the design and application of low cost technology in developing rational approaches towards sustainable treatment of portable water as well as waste water. The course will enable the participants to contribute to the development of innovative approaches to the provision of adequate and sustainable water and sanitation services.

The study tour will also expose participants to application of ICT in the operation and maintenance of water assets, leak detection, water quality, billing and customer service management. These low cost technology and water management practices have helped develop an efficient water and sanitation sector for a population of almost 90 million in Egypt.

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