Egypt irrigation minister in Ethiopia for African Climate summit

Ahram Online , Monday 27 Apr 2015

The three-day conference is to discuss measures related to the development of infrastructure that is resilient to climate change

Egypt's Minister of Irrigation Hossam Moghazi (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's Irrigation Minister Hossam Moghazi will attend Monday the opening of the three-day Africa Climate Resilient Infrastructure Summit, which is partly organised by the African Union Commission, in Ethiopia's Addis Ababa, state news agency MENA reported.

The minister traveled Sunday night to the Ethiopian capital.

Ninety ministers and 500 delegates are expected to attend the summit.

The summit's participants will present governmental or private projects that are ready for investment.

The summit aims at "preparing an implementing measures related to resilient infrastructures in their respective countries, as well as in developing and strengthening local, regional, international cooperation on these matters," according to its official website.

The African Ministers' Council on Water, founded in 2002, had set a goal that by 2015,  $94 billion would be spent in order to provide drinking water and sewage for 50 percent of the African population, according to MENA.

Egypt had signed in March a Declaration of Principles with Nile basin countries Ethiopia and Sudan, where they agreed on broad guidelines about Ethiopia's contested Renaissance Dam - a 6,000-megawatt dam that is feared may negatively affect the Nile share for Egypt and Sudan.


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