Saudi Arabia, Japan tie up on sewage water treatment

Oct. 4, 2007
A mission of Japanese experts has arrived here to launch a new technical cooperation project on the "Management of Sewage Water Treatment Plant in the Kingdom." The project has been given green light by the Saudi Ministry of Water and Electricity-Saudi Arabia and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The project was discussed by Dr. Ali Al-Tukhais, deputy minister of water affairs, who received at his office the five-member JICA team headed by Hiroko Kamata here yesterday...

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 2, 2007 -- A mission of Japanese experts has arrived here to launch a new technical cooperation project on the "Management of Sewage Water Treatment Plant in the Kingdom." The project has been given green light by the Saudi Ministry of Water and Electricity-Saudi Arabia and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The project was discussed by Dr. Ali Al-Tukhais, deputy minister of water affairs, who received at his office the five-member JICA team headed by Hiroko Kamata here yesterday, said Ryuichi Tomizawa, JICA resident representative. The Japanese team, in cooperation with their Saudi counterparts, also conducted field surveys in order to obtain first hand knowledge about the present sewage water treatment facilities.

This survey, according to Tomizawa, gave information about the actual situation of the sewage plants and facilities.

An important presentation on the project and the sewage system in Japan will also be made by the team here today at the auditorium of the Ministry of Water and Electricity-Saudi Arabia, said the JICA chief. The presentation will be attended by Abdullah Al-Hussayen, minister of water and electricity.

Referring to the features of the project, Tomizawa said that the project consists of two tailor-made training programs to be organized for two batches of 15 Saudi specialists.

This will be backed by similar efforts like organizing and conducting local events, seminars and workshops in the Kingdom. After training, the Saudis will become experts in the field of sewage management.

They will contribute to the improvement of the proper management of the sewage water treatment plants in the Kingdom.

The training will help young Saudi engineers and technicians to learn from Japanese experience and thus in turn contributing to the promotion of the Saudization in the country. This will also help to cut reliance on foreign workers.

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