CAIRO: Swiss popstar and songwriter Bastian Baker will hold musical concerts in Cairo to promote sustainable development of the Nile River from Feb. 7 to 12, said the Swiss embassy in Cairo in a statement Sunday.
Baker, 25, will perform in Cairo at El Sawy Culture Wheel Monday along with celebrated Egyptian vocalist and guitarist Hany Adel, the statement added.
“He will then team up in Aswan with the Nile Project, an initiative which hosts music concerts to connect people living in the Nile Basin to raise awareness on sustainable development,” the statement continued. Baker will also hold a concert at the Aswan amphitheater Wednesday.
“When Swiss Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Burkhalter told me about the Nile Project, I was directly seduced! It’s a thrilling idea that the music can participate in the development of people and regions of our world. I’m happy and proud to join the Nile Project,” Baker said.
During his three-day visit to Upper Egypt’s Aswan, Baker will visit Swiss development projects of the Water Program Aswan, “which supports the supply and management of potable water to residents of Nasseriya settlement in Aswan.” He also will visit the Water Efficiency and Economic Support program which helps the farmers rebuild their irrigation canals, as well as a project for youth employment.
The event is organized by in partnership with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Swiss Foreign Ministry, and funded by Democracy without Borders, an initiative launched by Switzerland’s Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter in 2014, the statement noted.
“Bastian Baker will shed light on the importance of sustainable development along the Nile and projects that Switzerland has launched to assist thousands of people in Aswan, from boosting infrastructure in areas with water scarcity to fostering youth entrepreneurship. Bastian Baker’s visit also provides a positive message about tourism in Egypt,” said Swiss ambassador to Egypt Markus Leitner.
Swiss government provides Egypt annual aid of 20 million francs as establishing development projects, according to the statement.