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Since the project started 29 July it is still very premature to give any indication of the achievements in relation to the objectives.

Status & Achievements in relation to the workplan:

Output Status

Output 1

Staff in the EMUs and related stakeholders trained to a basic level

Activity 1.1: Disseminate Information and Receive Responses from Governorates

Activity 1.2: Identify the Needs

Activity 1.3: Train and Assist Governorate Staff in Preparation of Proposals

Activity 1.4: Undertake Advocacy at Governorate Level

Activity 1.5: Provide Technical Assistance to the EMUs

Activity 1.6: Deliver Training

Activity 1.7: Prepare Consolidated Training Programme

Activity 1.8: Train Trainers

Activity 1.9: Promote Networking Between the EMUs

Most of the activities related to Output 1 have been initiated. However, the liaison and communication with the Governorates will be an on-going process.

The training needs assessment has been done with regard to the basic courses and will concentrate on the advanced courses. The first basic training courses have been started. A comprehensive program has been developed for 7 courses as follows:

      i.      Departments managers course

    ii.      Environmental inspection and monitoring equipment course

   iii.      Legal enforcement course

   iv.      Environmental assessment course

    v.      Media and environmental education course

   vi.      Complaints course

 vii.      Planning and follow up on projects course

The training of trainers has not been started yet (activity 1.8).

Output 2

EMUs equipped for their roles

Activity 2.1: Assess Needs

Activity 2.2: Procure Equipment and Train Staff


The equipment needs assessment has been initiated, a list of equipment has been prepared, prices have been collated and a tentative prioritized list of equipment prepared.

Training of staff wrt equipment has taken place as part of the basic training.

The equipment will be purchased through PROMPT.

Output 3

Coherent approach to environmental management developed and consolidated

Activity 3.1: Review, Consolidate and Endorse Material

Activity 3.2: Disseminate and Adopt Harmonised Systems

Activity 3.3:  Establish Collaboration with Other Programmes and Initiatives

Existing material is being collected and reviewed.

The collaboration with other programmes and components is taking place in parallel with the collection of material.

Collaboration has started with the SEAM programme (S. Sinai) and the two ESP Components, CEM (Monthly Journals) and the EMG (meetings with managers of Assuan and Beni Suef

Output 4

Effective system for promoting the development of the EMUs and of decentralised environmental management in general established

Activity 4.1: Technical Assistance

Activity 4.2: Establish Collaboration between Governorates, EMUs, RBOs, EEAA and other ministries

Activity 4.3: Formulate Agreement with EPF on Future Funds Management

Activity 4.4: Establish Monitoring System

Activity 4.5: Support to the Process of Upgrading EMUs to General Departments

A number of different activities are considered in this respect.

EPF has been approached and a preliminary agreement has been made wrt incentives for preparing monthly reports. 

A tentative proposal for a monitoring system is prepared.





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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