Electricity minister attends Cairo meeting
(Cairo) – Electricity and Water Affairs Minister Dr. Abdulhussain Mirza took part in the eighth session of the Arab Water Minister’s Council, held in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.
Ministers and senior officials concerned with water in Arab countries attended the meeting, and discussed, among other things, the Arab states’ roadmap for the advancement of the water sector, achieving sustainability, the Arab water security strategy and cooperation between GCC and Arab states.
Dr. Mirza, the council President, handed over the reigns to Sudan during the opening of the session, also addressed by Arab League Secretary General AboulGheit.
The meeting followed up on the implementation of sustainable development of water in the Arab world by 2030 and discussed the Framework Convention for shared resources between the Arab states plan. It discussed a regional initiative for the interdependence between water, energy and food sectors.
Participating countries presented their success stories in the management of water resources and partnership between the public and private sectors, as well as offers of international regional organizations working in the field of water resources management.
Participants also discussed plans for the World water Forum, to be held in Brazil in 2018.
Participants spoke about the areas of cooperation that keep pace with the challenges of water resources in Arab countries and witnessed the declaration of the winners of the Arab Water Council Award for the year 2016, which was shared between Dr. ShirinZahran and Dr. Khalid Khairuddin from the Institute of Climate Change for their research, Smart monitoring networks in the management of water resources.
Dr. Mirza later took part in the opening of the Arab Water Conference under Occupationat the headquarters of the Arab League, where the Secretary General and representatives from the United Nations, lawyers, jurists and specialists took part.
The minister was accompanied by Electricity and Water Authority (EWA) executive vice president of planning and projects Ibrahim Abdallah Kaabi and Director of the Minister’s Office Ahmed Bucheery.