- The collaboration aims to identify and prioritize opportunities and challenges for sustainable water management
- Partnership also includes collaboration related to youth development
Cairo, Monday 7 August, 2017 – A memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by the Operational Unit for Development Assistance (OUDA), a partnership between the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the capacity of H.E. Minister of International Cooperation, and BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, enabling both parties to effectively collaborate on the theme of ‘Water Stewardship’ and to promote responsible use of water in Egypt.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Tamer Naiem, Executive Director, OUDA stated that “We are pleased to commit to a joint plan of action with BASF to enhance and expand collaboration around Water Stewardship. Water plays a key role not only for food security, but also for energy, sanitation, health and education.” “The complexity of the issue makes the collaboration between public and private sector a key step towards changing the behavior and practices of all water users. We will propose concrete initiatives for BASF to be involved in.” He added.
Under the MoU, OUDA and BASF will identify and prioritize opportunities and challenges for sustainable water management, presenting Water Stewardship as an effective means to address this challenge. This is in line with OUDA’s mandate to provide and improve support to externally assisted human development programs and projects. As part of the partnership, the two parties also express to collaborate on projects related to youth development.
“Water is of fundamental importance to the chemical industry. At BASF production sites around the world – including at our construction chemicals production site in Sadat City here in Egypt – we have become very good at using water as sparingly as possible. At the same time, we offer our customers solutions that help purify water and use it more efficiently while minimizing pollution. said Ayman Nafie, Managing Director, BASF Egypt. In light of this expertise, we are pleased to commit to a joint plan of action focusing on Water Stewardship with OUDA, allowing BASF to support the conservation of water resources in Egypt.”
BASF has been active in Egypt since 1952. The BASF Cairo office serves as the platform for activities in Egypt, Sudan, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. As part of the BASF Middle East for 2020, Egypt was identified as one of the company’s markets with the strongest growth potential. Approximately, 125 people work for BASF in Egypt and Mashreq. Key business segments include construction, energy and resources, agro food and feed and personal care.
For more information: https://www.basf.com/eg