CAIRO: Environment Minister Khaled Fahmy said the Egyptian government seeks to benefit from “advanced Chinese expertise in the fields of environment and sustainable development,” Youm7 reported Tuesday.
In a statement during the 15th African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) in Cairo Monday, Fahmy said that “Egypt aims to benefit from Chinese technology in monitoring and implementing regulations of using coal as a source of energy.”
Over the past few years, Egypt has suffered from power cuts and is attempting to use coal as an alternative source of power generation, raising environmental concerns.
The Environment Ministry invited the Chinese environmental minister to attend the conference as a guest of honor due to China’s “scientific progress in climate change issues and cooperation with several African countries in the fields of sustainable energy sources,” Youm7 reported.
According to the World Health Organization, China itself suffers from dangerous levels of air pollution, and WHO director called China’s pollution a health hazard that affects it economy in a 2014 report.
This week the Chinese government censored media coverage of the documentary “Under the Dome,” concerning the effects of air pollution on its people, The Financial Times reported, adding that a number of media were denied permission to write about the findings of the documentary.
Egypt’s long-awaited economic development conference in Sharm el-Sheikh was twice postponed, first to secure investors, and secondly to accommodate expected Chinese participants, who would be unable to attend before March because of Chinese New Year celebrations.
The “Managing Africa’s Natural Capital for Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction,” conference in Cairo is attended by ministers from 54 African countries to discuss environmental issues affecting the African continent and to cooperate in global environmental issues.
The conference also aims at developing key regional strategies to improve environment policies and creating a mutual mechanism of sustainable production and consumption among the African countries.
On March 6, the conference will be concluded and Egypt is set to take over the presidency of the conference from Tanzania for two years.
AMCEN was established in 1985 when African ministers met in Egypt and adopted the Cairo Program for African cooperation. The conference is convened every two years.