Irrigation: Cooperation with African countries to face water challenges

Dr. Hani Swelim, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, witnessed the closing ceremony and delivery of graduation certificates for the training course held in the field of “Design, Calibration, Operation and Maintenance of Water Facilities”, organized by the Hydraulics Research. Institute training center at the National Water Research Center, with the participation of 24 trainees from 12 African countries, in the presence of ambassadors Sudan, South Sudan, Burundi, Mozambique, Ghana and Sierra Leone, and representatives of the embassies of Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the People’s Republic of the Congo.

Swailem expressed his happiness at meeting the African students and pointed out that these training programs represent an important opportunity for communication between specialists in the field of water from the African continent in a way that contributes to achieving integration between them, the exchange of opinions and ideas, and review of successful experiences in different countries, especially since the diversity of participants comes from 12 countries. It reflects on the diversity of experiences shared by the trainees, and adds that these training programs contribute to increasing the capacities of African researchers and specialists at a technical level, and the transfer of the experiences gained during the programme. to real application in African countries, which is reflected in the achievement of development in these countries..

He explained that this course aims to build and develop the capacities of researchers and specialists from the African continent in the field of design and optimal operation of water installations, their follow-up and periodic maintenance, in order to maintain the balance and safety of maintain water installations. these important facilities, which play a major role in the control and optimal management of water..

Swailem praised the National Water Research Center, which is one of the most important research centers in the field of water in the Middle East and the African continent, and the center’s scientists for their zeal to transfer their experiences to African brothers, as well as the African students for their efforts over a whole month, during which they were eager to gather the largest amount of information and expertise that will help to deal with water challenges in African countries.

He emphasized Egypt’s eagerness to improve cooperation with various African countries to face the water challenges they face, especially in light of the increasing negative effects of climate change, in a way that requires the process of water resources management should be strengthened, attract more attention and the provision of the necessary funding to meet these challenges, especially in light of the close interdependence. Between water and various aspects of life, such as agriculture, food, energy, and others.

He also reviewed the most prominent results achieved during the water activities within the climate conference COP27 During which water and climate issues were discussed at the global level, and the success of placing the water sector at the heart of global climate action, indicating that the achievement of sustainable development goals, especially the sixth goal related to water and the achievement of the water vision for the year 2030, requires work to achieve optimal water management while taking appropriate measures needed to adapt to climate changes.

He pointed to the importance of the international initiative to adapt to climate changes in the water sector, which was launched by Egypt during the climate conference in coordination with international partners, and which meets the needs of the countries of the south, especially African countries, reflected. especially since African countries are most affected by climate changes, and note that this is the first time ever that this has been done. in which the introduction of a water initiative in climate conferences,

He also indicated that Egypt is ready to be an African center for training in the field of adaptation to climate change, in view of the ministry’s possession of the necessary logistical capabilities in this regard, as Egypt with various countries and organizations started communicating to prepare for training programs. which will be offered to African learners at the ministry’s regional training center under the umbrella of This initiative.

The trainees, in turn, in a speech delivered by Pierre Kabula, expressed their great appreciation and happiness with this training course, and the important information they gained which greatly contributed to their technical expertise, and they appreciated the excellent organization of the training credit. course over a period of a whole month in light of the outstanding training and logistics capabilities at the Hydraulics Research Institute Training Center. The trainees expressed their sense of interdependence and the cultural exchange they achieved during the training course, and emphasizes the importance of continuing to improve cooperation between Egypt and various African countries in the field of water, and strengthening cooperation between research centers concerned with water from various African countries..

On behalf of the students, Pierre expressed appreciation to the Egyptian state for its outstanding efforts to achieve optimal water management in Egypt through continuous collaboration between Egyptian researchers and specialists to achieve this success in the field of water management in Egypt..

It is worth noting that the training program was held from October 23 to November 24 with the participation of 24 students from 12 African countries: Sudan – South Sudan – Burkina Faso – Ghana – Tanzania – Burundi – Democratic Republic of Congo – People’s Republic of Congo – Sierra Leone – Mozambique – Zambia – Egypt Lectures were presented by a number of experts at the National Water Research Center and the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation. The training program included lectures on “Tips of water facilities and their design – the use of hydraulic models in verification and review of designs and access to the optimal design of water facilities – practical training on the construction of geographic databases for water facilities using geographic information systems – calibration of pumping stations and devices used in measuring behavior and practical training – wise management of operation of water facilities – balance of water facilities – maintenance of water facilities”, and field visits to each of the “Bahr Al-Baqar drainage water treatment plant – the research station of the center in Wadi Al-Natrun”, and cultural visits to each of the “Giza Pyramids – Qaitbay Citadel – Alexandria Library“.

The Hydraulics Research Institute Training Center has organized several training courses in which trainees from the Nile Basin countries and African countries participate in the fields of “modern irrigation systems and water use efficiency – groundwater management – the use of non-traditional water sources – dam safety, design and optimal operation of water facilities – evaluation Environmental impacts of water projects – Hydraulic engineering of river basins and management of shared water basins – Development of water resources – Hydroelectric power plants – Geographic information systems – Remote sensing” and other applied and research topics and field and laboratory measurements..

The Regional Training Center of the Hydraulics Research Institute has training capabilities that include 2 lecture halls, a computer lab, meeting rooms and distinct logistics capabilities. It is a hotel with “24 rooms, a restaurant and sports fields.”“.

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