$200 million loan from World Bank to Egypt
The World Bank announced approval to lend Egypt $200 million to improve sanitation and sewage infrastructure, particularly in rural areas. The project's principle goal is to provide improved sanitation services for 1.2 million people in Menoufia, Asharqia, Assiut and Sohag by establishing covered networks for wastewater in 19 rural communities.
The Egyptian government is keen to establish the safe disposal of sewage in rural regions. A National Rural Sanitation Master plan, was developed, to construct a complete sewage system in all rural provinces by the year 2037.
According to the World Bank, "The government's National Rural Sanitation Strategy seeks to prioritize sector investments and provide a roadmap to comprehensive coverage of rural sanitation."
"The government is scaling up the sanitation coverage in the Delta and Upper Egypt and in the process, building the capacity of the implementing agencies," said Parameswaran Iyer, senior water and sanitation specialist and the projects Task Team leader.
Two sanitation stations have begun construction in Algharbia and Kafr El-Sheikh provinces, in addition to five sub-projects for assembly networks in Beheira.