Water minister affirms importance of exchanging expertise with the GCC

Amman, Minister of Water and Irrigation Raed Abu Saud stressed the importance of activating the agreements between Jordan and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to benefit from joint expertise, to harness the Jordanian experience in the fields of water…

Amman, Minister of Water and Irrigation Raed Abu Saud stressed the importance of activating the agreements between Jordan and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to benefit from joint expertise, to harness the Jordanian experience in the fields of water and sanitation management, to deal with emergency and flood incidents and to benefit from Amman's pioneering development programs.

Abu Saud made the remarks during his meeting with Abdulmalik Al Sheikh, Head of the GCC Economic Affairs sector, adding Jordan is keen to enhance all aspects of cooperation with the GCC countries, deemed a model, especially in the water and sanitation sectors.

The minister lauded the support of GCC countries to the Jordanian water sector and sanitation projects in a number of regions through the Gulf grant.

The discussions also went over the Jordanian expertise in utilizing treated water by implementing pilot fodder projects in a number of the Kingdom's regions, as well as Jordan's measures and efforts in dealing with water shortage and awareness programs carried out by the water sector institutions, and cooperation with stakeholders to conserve water sources.

The minister cited challenges facing Jordan in the field of water shortage, low rainfall rates, and Syrian refugee, which have put "increasing" pressure on water sources that suffer from a great shortage in light of climate change.

To further cooperation, the minister called for pan-Arab efforts in documenting water agreements and exchanging expertise to address the Arab water challenges that are increasing day by day, and benefiting from the GCC's successful projects, especially with regard to the Dammam groundwater basin.

For his part, Al-Sheikh lauded Jordan's efforts in various fields to address the great burdens it is facing, adding his visit comes to revive the joint cooperation agreements, activate the joint work teams, and benefit from Jordan's distinguished expertise, in addition to reviewing the mechanism of tackling the challenges in the fields of water and wastewater treatment, increasing awareness campaigns and rationing water consumption.

The two sides agreed to continue implementing a number of joint programs to benefit from water management experiences in Jordan and the GCC countries.

Source: Jordan News Agency