Posted on June 07, 2013

Qatar is keen on supporting Arab efforts to tackle water challenges, Minister of Energy and Industry HE Dr Mohammed bin Saleh al Sada said on the sidelines of the fifth Arab Water Ministerial Council meeting, which on Thursday approved an executive structure of the water security strategy in the Arab region.

Dr al Sada pointed to the significance of the strategy at a time when Arab countries face water challenges that require unity and exchange of expertise.

The minister said the meeting reviewed the experiences of Libya, Algeria and Saudi Arabia in desalination, adding that Qatar will present its own experience in the next session of the Arab Water Ministerial Council. Dr Sada underlined Arab welcoming of Qatar’s hosting of the second Arab water conference next year.

Sada is heading Qatar’s delegation to the ministerial meeting, which also includes HE Essa bin Hilal al Kuwari, president of Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (Kahramaa), as well as a number of senior officials from the Ministry of Energy and Industry and Kahramaa.

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The 5th session of the Arab Water Ministerial Council began at the headquarters of the Arab League General Secretariat in Cairo under the United Arab Emirates, which is represented by the Minister of Water Dr Rashid Ahmed bin Fahd. Arab League Secretary-General Dr Nabil al Arabi is attending the meeting.

Arab League Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Affairs Ambassador Dr Mohammed bin Ibrahim al Tuwaijri said the session will discuss a host of topics including the follow-up of the implementation of resolutions of Arab economic developmental summits related to the water security strategy in the Arab region to face the challenges and future requirements of sustainable development.

The session will also discuss drawing up of the executive plan of the strategy, as well as the follow-up of the implementation of integrated management of water resources’ projects aimed to achieve a sustainable development which some Arab funds and foreign bodies agreed to contribute to their funding.

Participants will also discuss the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals with regard to water supply and sanitation, the preparation of the regional report in the future in accordance with the standardised form adopted by the Arab Water Ministerial Council, visualisations related to preparation for the 7th World Water Forum (Korea, 2015), as well as discussion of the Arab Joint Water Agreement.

The Council will discuss Arab’s experiences, success stories and pilot projects in the field of water resources presented by each of Algerian (on the transfer of drinking water from Ain Saleh to Tamanrasset) and Libya about its experience on the (transfer of water from areas of abundance to areas of scarcity) and ‘The Great Manmade River’, the experience of Qatar (reducing wastage in the drinking water network) and other experiences in the field of water resources and strengthen the negotiating capacity of Arab countries on shared water resources with non-Arab countries.

source: Qatar Tribune

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