Egypt, South Sudan sign water cooperation agreement
Irrigation Minister Hossam Moghazy - YOUM7/Karem Abd Elkarem

CAIRO: Egypt and South Sudan Saturday signed an agreement on technical and development cooperation in water resources, said the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation in a joint statement.

Egyptian Water Minister Hossam Moghazy held several meetings with his South Sudanese counterpart Jemma Nunu Kumba in Cairo on the sidelines of South Sudanese President Silva Kirr’s current three-day visit, the statement added.

The agreement came within the framework of a memorandum of understanding signed in 2006 and cooperation protocols signed in 2011 between the two sides, the statement added.

The talks discussed $26.6 million in projects between both countries to be funded by an Egyptian grant to South Sudan. One of the projects aims to establish harbors on the Bahr el-Ghazal River with an $11.1 million grant. That project will start in 2015, the statement noted.

The projects also include Egypt investing $6 million for the creation of 17 wells, and the establishment of a desalination center and pumping station.

South Sudan is also slated to build a new dam near the city of Wau in cooperation with Egypt. The head of the Nile Water Department at the Egyptian Water Ministry, Ahmed Bahaa al-Din, said on Oct. 26 all studies concerning the building of a South Sudan dam had been conducted in cooperation with Egypt.

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