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Inauguration of Joint Development projects in Uganda

The Egyptian Water Resources and Irrigation Minister, Dr. Mohamed Abdel Aty concluded his visit to Uganda during the period (6th -10th) December 2021 where he discussed the joint water cooperation projects with the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries and Ministry of Water and Environment and inaugurated some joint projects. HE’s visit.

Dr. Mohamed Abdel Aty stated that the fruitful cooperation between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Republic of Uganda in the field of Water Resources and Irrigation is a good emulated example of fruitful bilateral relations. As Egypt has been providing its support to its sister the Republic of Uganda to boost development in a sustainable manner for the welfare of the Ugandan People. This cooperation started in 1949, as Egypt provided support to its sister Uganda for construction of Owen Dam with the amount of 1.0 million Pound sterling. The Dam helped to provide electricity for sustainable development and released regulated fl ow toward downstream in the Southern regions of Uganda.

He added that the cooperation has continued as Egypt gives her hand to Uganda in the fi eld of Aquatic weed control as the aquatic weeds, especially water hyacinth, flourished all over the Equatorial Lakes in Uganda in 1998, caused blockages of waterways at the outlets of Lakes Albert and Kyoga and at fi sh landing sites. The blockages coupled with the fl ooding devastated alot of livelihoods in the country. Thus; The Ugandan Government appealed for international help to solve that problem to avoid environmental disaster associated with spread of the aquatic weeds to other parts in the equatorial lakes and waterways that were not yet affected.

Immediately; The Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt responded and allocated a grant to the Government of Uganda through a project named Uganda Egypt Aquatic Weed Control Project (UEAWCP) which is ongoing till now with an Egyptian grant of 24.4 Million USD.

Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation of Egypt stated that along 22 years; many achievements were accomplished to improve the environment of Lakes Victoria, Kyoga, Albert, and River Kagera mouth and to enhance the livelihoods of the fishing communities through controlling water hyacinth and other aquatic weeds, construction of many rainwater harvesting dams, improving shores of the villages along the Lakes to facilitate fish transportation and trading, rehabilitation of landing sites and construct fish markets in “Gaba” on Lake Victoria in Kampala and Masese landing site in Jinja.

Uganda & Egypt Ministers inaugurate Kamuwunga landing site at Lake Victoria.

Minister of Water Resource and Irrigation of Egypt and State Minister of
Agriculture and Fisheries at Kamuwunga landing Site.

Currently, the Fifth phase of the UEAWCP is being implemented through Wadiel –Nile and African Egyptian Engineering Services and Construction Limited. and will end on December 2021. It includes getting rid of different aquatic weeds whether fl oating or growing at the riverbanks forming fl oating islands in Lake Kyoga, Lake Albert, Lake Victoria, and Kagera River. In this phase the UEAWCP contributed successfully in facing and clearing the Floating Island at the Nalubale Power Station. In addition, it includes the construction of Kamuwunga landing site in Lake Victoria that was inaugurated on Monday 6th December 2021 by both Hon. Helen Adoa – Minister of state for Fisheries of Uganda and Hon. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Aty – Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation of Egypt to serve Ugandan people in navigation, trade, and fisheries purposes. Kamuwunga people expressed their happiness and gratitude to Egypt for the construction of this landing site to improve their jobs.

Another bilateral cooperation started with Ministry of Water and Environment by signing the MoU with the Ministry of Water and Environment in 2010 for Egyptian grant of 4.5 Million USD for drilling 75 Groundwater wells for drinking purposes in different regions in Uganda to secure clean drinking water for communities in 23 districts and serve about 200 thousand Ugandan citizen whom have no access to safe water.

He stated that two boreholes were motorized and equipped with solar pumping system in Mbale and Kayunga by the contractors Sumadhura Technologies Ltd allowing larger group of the Ugandan people to utilize safe water for drinking and domestic uses.

two boreholes were motorized and equipped with solar pumping systems in Mbale and Kayunga by the contractors Sumadhura Technologies Ltd

Uganda & Egypt water Ministers inaugurate Lyatonde Valley tank.

Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation of Egypt and Minister of Water and Environment of Uganda opening Lyantonde Valley Dam

Both Minister of Water and Environment of Uganda and Minister of Water Recourses and Irrigation of Egypt had inaugurated Lyatonde Valley tank in the presence of district’s people to serve drinking water to Ugandan citizens, livestock, and agriculture.

Hon. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Aty stated that the Arab Republic of Egypt provided the Ugandan government through the Egyptian Agency for Development Partnership / Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs a grant to implement 5 Valley Tanks through the contractors Sumadhura Technologies Ltd in the regions of (Lyatonde, Soroti, Apac, Rakai and Oyam) to provide drinking water to Ugandan citizens, livestock, and agriculture especially in the drought period, which helps to increase the income of the Ugandan citizen and improve living, environmental and health conditions.

He added that Egypt is keen to raise the technical capacity of our colleagues in Uganda, as we have conducted many training courses in different fields of water resources, where Ugandan technical candidates participated annually in the short-term and mediumterm courses conducted in the training centers of MWRI.

the Arab Republic of Egypt provided the Ugandan government through the Egyptian Agency for Development Partnership / Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs a grant to implement 5 Valley Tanks through the contractors Sumadhura Technologies Ltd in the regions of (Lyatonde, Soroti, Apac, Rakai and Oyam)

Hon. Minister of State of fisheries of Uganda an Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation of Egypt officiate at the closing workshop for Aquatic Weed management on landing sites of lakes Kyoga & Albert.

Ministerial meeting” Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation of Egypt, with the Minister of State for Agriculture and fisheries (MAAIF) Uganda and the Egyptian Ambassador

Another Technical cooperation project between Egypt and its Sister Uganda is launched in 2018 for Aquatic Weed Management in landing sites on Lakes Kyoga and Albert” The project aims to explore new technologies for controlling aquatic weeds on Lakes Kyoga and Albert and to protect the integrity of Lakes Kyoga and Albert from degradation. Many outputs were realized such as: Sets of hand tools for weed control were designed and delivered to the local communities, which have great positive impacts in maximizing the productivity of manual wed control. Groups who participated in the project gained the experience and capability to produce Biogas and compost from the removed weeds, and the economic and social aspects of the Farmers and Fishermen were enhanced in terms of creating jobs opportunities, high fi sh production, and safe environment.

Dr. Abdel Aty said that in the framework of reinforcing and consolidating the spirit of brotherhood and friendship between the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Republic of Uganda, Egypt offers technical assistance and expertise to jointly work with the Ugandan technical team to fi nd viable engineering solutions on the persistence floods in Kasese and to carry out fast track interventions for flood mitigation in the most severely affected areas in Nyamwamba River and Rwenzori sub-region. Kasese District was hit by disastrous simultaneous floods on 2013 and 2014 that left behind a devastating situation in the region in form of loss of lives and property. In 2016, Minister of Water and Environment of Uganda and Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation of Egypt entered into MoU towards Kasese flood control through the project “Fast Track Project – Watershed management in Kasese district”. The following tasks were included for Phase I: Excavation and desilting of river to remove boulders and other debris to increase the carrying capacity of the river channel, River protection works by placing gabion boxes along three identified critical sections. Placing the removed boulders to protect and strengthen the opposite banks to the critical hotspots to protect against scour.

Dr. Abdel Aty concluded that Egypt, through its great experience in various fields, spares no effort to assist all African countries especially the Nile Basin countries to achieve sustainable development goals related to environmental, social, health and economic aspects. Uganda is at the forefront of the countries that Egypt pays attention to and help, and it is also keen on continuing cooperation and assistance in the future for the benefi t of the two brotherly peoples.

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