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Capacity building of the Central Department for Branch Affairs (CDBA), and Regional Branch Offices (RBO) at Greater Cairo, Suez and Assiut:

1 - CDBA has started developing its Systems to comply with the ISO 9000 specification for International Quality Management Systems. Training has taken place in general awareness of ISO 9000 systems as well as training of Internal Auditors in preparation for writing the work procedures and the department's Quality Manual.

2 - Ten Internal Auditors have been trained and staff awareness has been completed by end of July 2004. Training was attended by CDBA and Regional Branch Offices.

3 - The Greater Cairo RBO has identified three staff to be responsible for EIC. Approval of the Governor of Cairo for establishing the information centre at Cairo governorate and Helwan district was obtained. The location of the satellite centre in Helwan has been determined and assessed by technical personnel from EEAA IT department and has been equipped with the necessary equipments. The arrangement for developing the regional centre at GC&F RBO and the satellite information centers at Cairo and Qaliubia governorates, Shoubra El Khaima city and Helwan district is in process. TOR for the Environmental Information Center has been developed. The CBI Consultant has prepared the draft outline architecture of the information center. GC&F RBO EIC is established in the new premises at Tamooh at the third floor and tenders for the equipments and the server have been issued.

4 - Environmental data needed to develop the environmental profile for Helwan district have been collected, assessed, sorted and analyzed by the taskforce staff. The need to conduct background papers in deferent fields was identified. The identified field are natural resources, biodiversity, cultural and historic resources, social status and demographic conditions, local economy, land use and human settlement, status of industry, infra structure and public facilities, waste issues and management, environmental health and quality of life, list of the environmental problems that threaten the area. The component has contracted with the Center for Environmental Research and Studies of Cairo University to conduct the back ground papers and to develop the environmental profile for Helwan district. The background papers and the environmental profile were developed in a participatory fashion between the CERS and the taskforce staff. The process of developing the environmental profile was intended to be a capacity building tool for Taskforce staff. The draft profile were discussed and technically approved by to the top managers of GC&F RBO. The final draft of the profile will be present to local community to get their consciences on the findings of the profile. Media of presentation will be identified later.

5 - In order to produce the Environmental Profile for SUEZ Governorate, the task force members at the Suez RBO were divided into working groups, environmental data and information needed for developing the environmental profile for Suez governorate has bee collected, sorted and analysed by taskforce staff. Background papers in different field was identified. The identified field are natural resources, biodiversity, cultural and historic resources, social status demographic condition, local economy, land use human settlement, industry status, infrastructure and public facility, waste management, environmental health and quality of life, list of environmental problems. The sub-component has contracted with IDC centre to develop the environmental profile for Suez Gov. the participatory process of developing the environmental profile is planned to be a capacity building tool for taskforce staff. The draft profile is planned to discuss and technically approve by Suez RBO management, consulates meeting with stakeholders, the governor, on August- September.

Developing a National Strategy for Decentralization of Environmental Management

1 - The National Action Plan for the Environment (NEAP) and the related strategies and plans are considered important components of the environmental management system in Egypt. The NEAP has been approved by the Prime minister and thus should be adopted by different concerned entities. The NEAP represents the basis for the agreement between the entities of required plans and interventions as it is prepared in coordination with all concerned entities.

2 - The NEAP as it stands provides recommendations for programs, thus being a good basis for more comprehensive plans that indicate the time framework and indicators for the programs as well as the responsible entities.




L.E. 22 million for Achieving the Environmental Compliance of the Egyptian enterprises
HEIGHT=50 align=right vspace=2 hspace=2> In its last meeting on June 21, 2006 the Executive Committee of Achieving Compliance in Industry (ACI) agreed to implement Cleaner Production (CP) Projects in SME's at the value of L.E. 22 million. ACI is a component of the Danida funded Environmental Sector Program (ESP), anchored in Federation of Egyptian Industries. The projects will be implemented in 11 factories from different governorates operating in several industrial sectors: 2 from the engineering sector, 3 from the textile sector, 3 from the chemical sector, and 3 from the food sector. Cleaner production projects comprised applications for energy efficiency improvement in 5 factories working in the engineering, chemical, and food sectors. These projects aim at adjusting the status of factories with environmental rules and regulations, which in turn results in improving the quality of products and increasing their competitiveness, both in the local market and internationally. Moreover, such projects shall have an impact on saving in energy consumption, improving the work environment, and protecting workers within the work environment. The efforts exerted by the Environmental compliance office towards raising the standards of the Egyptian industries and dealing with factories nationwide rather than being just concentrated in the greater Cairo area alone, were lauded by those present.

National Bank of Egypt Offers Complete Support for Cleaner Production Projects
HEIGHT=50 align=right vspace=2 hspace=2> The executive steps for loaning processes used in funding environmental projects were discussed by Dr.Sherif El Gabali, Chairman of the Steering Committee, with ECO management during its monthly meeting. in cooperation with the National Bank of Egypt, soft loans are offered for purchasing equipment and machines used in cleaner production applications. The total amount of single loan can reach up to L.E 3 million, payable on annual installments over a period ranging between one to five yeas, including a one-year grace period, and at an interest rate of 2.5% per year. Up till now several industrial enterprises have enjoyed this service of soft loans for the adjustment with environmental laws and legislations. The loans already disbursed have reached L.E 32 million, utilized by 30 enterprises. It is planned that alone during 2005 loans at the value of L.E. 17 million will be disbursed. These loans are part of fund allocated by The Kingdom of Denmark, at the value of DKK 96 million, and which comes to highlight the activities of Danida under a protocol of cooperation signed and activated between The Government of Egypt and The Kingdom of Denmark. For this purpose, a cooperation agreement was signed between the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs and the Federation of Egyptian Industries on one side, and the National Bank of Egypt on the other, to outline the management and disbursement of the loans.

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