Today 31 July 2021 on the first day of a working visit to the Arab Republic of Egypt HE Yerlan A. Baidaulet IOFS Director General met with HE Dr. Mohamed Abdel Aty, Egyptian minister of water resources and irrigation. The meeting under IOFS continues ongoing communications and strengthens its relations with Egypt as one of important countries in Africa and within Arab region. During the meeting IOFS Director General presented briefly the 16 programs under 5 main pillars that the organisation is working on with special attention to water management in agriculture. In this regard this program implementation will allow water sector specialists, particularly, from member countries in Asia and Africa to get hand on training on the efficient usage of water in agriculture. This project will be organized at KazNAU university in Almaty and IsDB Group in August 2021.
Water in agriculture that consumes more than 75% of fresh water and need to share experiences among member countries through training and technology transfer which is well developed in Egypt . From his side, HE Minister of water resources and irrigation welcomed the participation of Egyptian experts in this training and invited IOFS to participate in the Cairo Water Week which will be held on 24-28 October 2021. The rich experience of the Ministry in arranging trainings and workshops in this field for Africa, Arab region and all OIC countries is well noted, so HE the Minister agreed to utilise their platform for ensuring better water and food security in Muslim countries.
Both parties agreed to nominate focal points to accelerate the communications and to develop Action Plan in improving water management in agriculture in member countries. Also it was jointly emphasized to activate in post-pandemic time result-oriented intra-OIC cooperation with all water-related institutions as Global Drylands Alliance, ICARDA, ICBA etc.
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