Planning, Local Development, Finance, and Military Production Ministers witness the signing of contracts for the new waste system
20 May 2021
Within the framework of implementing the directives of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and the mandates of the Prime Minister to implement the new system for managing municipal solid waste in all governorates of Egypt, to improve the level of hygiene and achieve citizens' satisfaction; The ministers of Planning, Local Development, Finance, and Military Production and the head of the Arab Organization for Industrialization witnessed the signing ceremony of contracts for collection and transportation services, street cleaning and public facilities from solid municipal waste for the neighborhoods of the eastern and western regions of Cairo governorate.
That signing took place with these companies which are Ertekaa integrated services and waste recycling for the western region, and Enviromaster for environmental services, and waste recycling for the eastern region.
Dr. Hala El-Said, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, indicated that the solid waste management system is one of the most important systems, which is one of the most important mechanisms for achieving development goals related to the environment, whether at the level of the UN development goals or the goals of Egypt 2030 vision.
El-Said pointed out that the system achieves more sustainability of environmental resources, noting that the Ministry of Planning seeks to support the new system and work with partner ministries to implement it with the highest quality that will be reflected in the quality of life of the citizen.
She noted the success of the first phase of the solid waste management system for the infrastructure, whether by closing random landfills or establishing special landfills for waste, adding that we witness the signing of this contract at the beginning of the second phase of the system for contracting with private sector companies in this regard.
El-Said added that the world's attention after exposure to the Coronavirus pandemic is heading towards the green economy, and the presence of a clean environment and attention to the waste system, pointing to the importance of the Egyptian national strategy for the green economy.
Major General Mahmoud Shaarawi, Minister of Local Development, emphasized that the government, with all its ministries concerned with the new waste system, is working in the spirit of one team to speed up achieving quick results on the ground in terms of street cleanliness and giving citizens a glimmer of hope to finally solve the garbage problem so that the citizens feel there is a real change in the level of cleanliness.
For his part, Dr. Mohamed Maait, Minister of Finance, affirmed that the new integrated solid waste management system is a very important development system for Egyptian society looking forward to its success and achieving its goals, adding that the new system is one of the tributaries of the government's development partnership with the private sector as one of the pillars of the national economy.
For her part, Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, confirmed that the signing of this contract comes within the framework of the directives of President El-Sisi to build a new system for the integrated management of municipal solid waste and in light of the role of the Ministry of Environment in coordination, follow-up, monitoring and organizing the role of actors in implementing the system.
Engineer Mohamed Ahmed Morsi, Minister of State for Military Production, explained that the signing of this contract comes within the framework of implementing the directives of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi regarding raising the efficiency of the municipal solid waste system and overcoming the problems of accumulation of waste and its safe disposal.
Morsi expressed the Ministry’s endeavor to employ all the manufacturing, technological and human capabilities available to it to participate in implementing the waste management system in cooperation with the Ministries of Environment and Local Development and the Arab Organization for Industrialization.
On his part, Lieutenant General Abdel Moneim Al-Terras, Chairman of the Arab Organization for Industrialization, affirmed the implementation of the directives of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi regarding raising the efficiency of the waste system and its safe disposal and taking measures to preserve the environment, through a new system for integrated waste management.
Al-Terras added that Arab Industrialization is participating in the implementation of the system in cooperation with the Ministries of Local Development, Environment, and Military Production.
Al-Terras indicated that the experiences of developed countries in this regard were examined, to learn about the latest technologies and methods.
Al-Terras emphasized the deepening of the local manufacturing of many types of equipment by making use of advanced global expertise in this field, taking into account the design of the system in a way that takes into account all environmental conditions and the civilized appearance.