European Union Delegation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,
the Kingdom of Bahrain and the Sultanate of Oman

Speech by Mr. Diego Escalona Paturel, Head of Cooperation

Cairo, 18/01/2017 - 12:27, UNIQUE ID: 170118_7
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Closure Workshop for the EU funded Technical Assistance Programme for Establishing Leadership Development Programmes (LDPs) for the HCWW & Developing its Financial Strategy

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Closure Workshop for the EU funded Technical Assistance Programme for Establishing Leadership Development Programmes (LDPs) for the HCWW & Developing its Financial Strategy

 

Egypt, 18 January, 2017

 

Mr. Diego Escalona Paturel, Head of Cooperation

EU Delegation to Egypt

 

Let me start by thanking the Chairman of Holding Company for water and Wastewater, Eng. Mamdouh Raslan, and the team of experts of the Technical Assistance project for gathering us here today.

It is my great pleasure to be with you today for this landmark event of our strategic technical assistance cooperation in the Water Sector. .

 

This closing event represents the end of a project which started in February 2015 with a budget amounting to 2 million. The journey took about 24 months and had many notable achievements during implementation.

 

Looking back, I am proud to relay the unanimous feedback from all parties: This Technical Assistance project has been a real success story with an intense implementation, concluding with a happy ending which, I am confident, will also provide long lasting benefits to the donor coordination and investment harmonization in the water sector led by Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban communities and the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater.

To give you an idea of the magnitude of the intensity of the work accomplished,, the project managed to conclude more than ten thousand training hours over 200 training days for nearly 200 personnel. Also, the project produced more than 59 training manuals, alongside providing training for trainers, all which will contribute to ensure continuity and knowledge capitalisation.

Finally, but not less importantly, the project assisted the Holding company in the preparation of the first financial model and roadmap to improve the financial performance of the water companies and achieve sustainable financial management of urban water service provision.

Throughout the day, you will hear about the detailed achievements of the project will be presented to you. Let me simply highlight that what you will hear is a good example of Europe-Egypt cooperation at its best: Leveraging European knowledge and experiences for the benefit of our dear Egyptian counterparts, and, together, coming up with the most adapted possible solutions.

This is why I would like to thank all the parties involved, for their support and vision, all the experts who participated for their commitment and determination throughout the project. My gratitude also goes to the Ministry of International Cooperation for their support in ensuring this success and of course to the Holding Company for Water and Waste Water.

Now that the project is coming to an end, we are confident that the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater will use all these valuable outputs to reflect on the lessons learned to identify how best to integrate, and adapt (if needed), all the shared experiences, tools and trainings to further strengthen their capacities to ensure a sustainable operation and management in the water sector Egypt.

Indeed, if we want to ensure the sustainability of our interventions, investment in infrastructure must go hand in hand with investing in human capital and capacities.  

I am also delighted, as emphasized throughout the implementation that this project will ensure the future by preparing a second generation of young leaders, ready to embrace tomorrow's economic challenges and opportunities.

Indeed, in the words of Diogene "The foundation of every State is the education of its youth." It is also worth mentioning that throughout the implementation of this project gender mainstreaming and encouraging young females to step up for leadership roles has been always supported.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We live in a fast - sometimes too sharply - changing world and water is impacted adversely by these changes.  Safe Access to Water and sanitation is indeed a fundamental and strategic element to ensure sustainable socio economic development and therefore the prosperity of future generations.

This is particularly true for Egypt, where every year we will need to meet the demands of an additional 2 million people. This means also that every day we must work in ensuring a better-quality water to defuse the health threats induced by the outright absence or inadequate sanitation. We must also protect our water resources, in order to respect the biodiversity of ecosystems. Finally, we must make a better and more efficient use of the limited water resources available.

The EU has a long lasting commitment to work with Egypt to ensure proper and adequate service to the population. There are many good examples of the EU cooperation water sector in Egypt, so let me name just a few:

  • The total amount of direct Grant funds reaching nearly 340 Million EUR in six different Programmes, leveraging funds of nearly 1.3 billion EUR in the sector

The current Coverage of EU water/wastewater Projects is of 10 Governorates, 6 in the Delta Region and 4 in Upper Egypt

 

  • The estimated end users benefiting from these infrastructure projects reach up to 9.5 Million inhabitants. The estimated direct permanent jobs created are 7000 and 400,000 Jobs during constructions.

 

  • In the institutional and sector policy field, the EU is supporting the ongoing strategic reform of the Egyptian water sector via updating the national water resources strategy till 2037, adding to the support providedBoth to the Water and Wastewater sector reform strategy in the last decade, through the Master Planning for Drinking Water and Sanitation of the Holding Company for Water and Wastewater, which was supported under WSRP-I Programme.

 

  • The EU is also currently supporting the Preparation of the National Rural Sanitation Strategy (NRSS) aiming to establish the new strategy for Egypt in the area of integrated rural sanitation planning also for the Horizon of 2037.

 

The European Union is also privileged to address and support Egypt's wastewater sector priorities through the new commitments made towards the implementation of the National Rural Sanitation Programme. Our support will continue in the future.

 

Let me conclude by thanking once again the entire team of the Leadership Development Programme for all the efforts accomplished. Today's event is a great moment to look back at past achievements. It is also an opportunity to start looking forward.

 

This project proves once again the commitment of the EU in this sector and we hope that it will contribute valuably to the efforts exercised by Egypt to improve its water management of the country and offer a better quality of life for its population.  I wish you all, us all, a fruitful event!

 

Briefing on EU Funded Technical Assistance for Establishing Leadership Development Programs (LDPs) for the HCWW & Developing its Financial Strategy

 

Background & Programme Summary

 

This 2 year EU funded programme commenced on 19 January 2015 and is the first integrated Leadership Development Programme aimed at building capacity in the ACs in order to identify and develop the next generation of utility managers. The programme aims to strengthen institutional capacity to develop and implement Operation, Maintenance and Project Management skills to support HCWW plans to promote young leadership in the ACs. The programme also aims at building a sound and robust generic financial model that will enable decision-makers to determine the best possible options for achieving financial stability.

 

Key Facts

 

  • 2 year EU funded Technical Assistance Program (commenced on 19 January 2015)
  • 2 million Euro grant provided by the EU (Contracting Authority)
  • HCWW and 9 Water Companies are supported
  • Leadership Development for 150 staff
  • Development/implementation of financial reforms

 

Program Purpose and Objectives

 

  • Developing future leaders at middle management level in Project Management and O&M of WWTPs in order to improve efficiencies
  • Development of Project Management skills to improve the implementation of infrastructure projects
  • Development of O&M skills to improve plant performance and wastewater services
  • Development of Master Trainers to improve the human capital of HCWW
  • Development of a Financial Model and “Roadmap” to improve the financial stability of the ACs

 

Achievements

  • Provision of 59 training events providing 1,400 training places to 157 participants across the 3 components to date
  • 200 training days delivered across the 3 components to date
  • On average across all 157 participants a knowledge increase of 120% (based on pre-post test results for training delivered to date)
  •  On-the-job O&M and process control/design training for 83 engineers and technicians to help improve plant performance and labour efficiency, and reduce unit costs
  •  On-the-job procurement/contracts management and project management training for 62 Project Sector staff using case study infrastructure project sites; this will lead to potential improvements in project performance by adhering to industry standard procedures and processes
  • Development and implementation of a web-based Project Performance Monitoring System (PPMS) for the reporting and follow-up of physical and financial project progress.
  • Financial diagnosis of 3 ACs and support with implementing financial reforms which can lead to improved financial practices and controls whilst potential improving revenues and/or reducing costs
  • Development of financial reform roadmaps for HCWW, Aswan Fayoum and Sharkia ACs
  •  25% of all participants are female, thus promoting gender equality.
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