Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hani Sweilam met with Director-General of the Islamic Organisation for Food Security Yerlan Baidaulet and Director of Programmes and Projects in the Organisation Ismail Abdel Hamid on Monday to discuss ways to enhance cooperation between the two sides.
During the meeting, the two parties discussed ways to enhance cooperation in the field of water resources and dealing with the negative effects of climate change and coordinating water-related events during the upcoming UN Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP27) that will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh this November.
Furthermore, they reviewed the mechanisms of scientific and research cooperation between the two parties, coordination in the field of applied research that serves the water sector, and coordination during the coming period between the organisation and the National Centre for Water Research.
For his part, Sweilam reviewed the distinguished capabilities of the ministry’s Regional Training Centre, noting that the organisation can benefit from the technical expertise, training, and logistical capabilities of the centre in holding training courses for trainees from Arab and African countries.
Moreover, the meeting addressed the ongoing arrangements for organising a side event within the activities of the Fifth Cairo Water Week under the title ‘Guidelines for the Policy of Sustainable Water Management in Agriculture in the Member Countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.’
The event will aim to build the capacities of government officials in the OIC member states in the field of developing strategies, improve legislation, and establish mechanisms to achieve sustainable water management in agriculture.
The Islamic Organisation for Food Security is an institution affiliated with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and is concerned with introducing agriculture and rural development, addressing food security problems, and achieving sustainable agricultural development in member states.