China-Egypt water sanitation project

Added On May 27, 2015

The Egyptian Housing Ministry and a leading Chinese corporation have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to provide sanitation for Egyptians. 
The project, worth one billion U.S. dollars, will provide water sanitation services for 260 villages in four Egyptian provinces.
China Gezhouba Group Company Limited signed the MoU with the Egyptian Housing Ministry on Monday. 
The water sanitation project covers more than 7 million Egyptian citizens who live alone two main rivers in the north African country.   
According to the general manager of Cairo-based branch of China Gezhouba Group Company, the project is to reduce the pollution of drinking water in the rural areas in Egypt.
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): LUO FEI, China Gezhouba Group Company
"This project makes a break-through for a Chinese company investing in Egypt. It gains much attention from the Egyptian government, as it will bring benefits to the local people. When it’s finished, the project will improve the quality of the drinking water and its use in industrial purposes." 
Luo also said that the project is part of the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and Egypt stressed by the two heads of state.
In late December, Egypt and China decided to elevate their bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership during an official visit by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Beijing.
Mostafa Madbouli, the Egyptian Housing Minister, said the project is extremely important for Egypt as it goes in line with the government's priorities and provides direct services for Egyptian citizens.

"In fact, I believe the cooperation between China and Egypt will serve both sides. This is because Egypt represents the gateway of Africa. Therefore, China can cooperate with Egypt as a regional portal and start joint projects with Egypt in many African states."