SOUTH SUDAN – Egypt has embarked on an initiative to construct three solar-powered water wells in South Sudan, marking the second phase of collaborative water projects between the two African nations.

These wells aim to provide water to the underground plants at Kabu, Kabori, and Rajaf villages situated in the western regions of South Sudan, as per a statement released by Egypt’s Ministry of Irrigation.

The project outlines the construction of seven underground drinking water stations in rural areas of Sudan, each housing a 100-meter-deep well equipped with a solar-powered pumping system and a 36-cubic meter water tank.

These stations are anticipated to cater to the needs of approximately 2,000 residents in Sudanese villages, enhancing access to clean drinking water, as detailed in the ministry’s statement.

Previously, the initial phase of cooperation involved the excavation of six underground wells in Juba, accompanied by the development of river sidewalks to facilitate travel between major cities and villages in South Sudan.

Additionally, the installation of a lifting unit was part of the first stage, aiding in pumping river waters to population centers near waterways in Wau City, South Sudan, ensuring access to potable water for citizens, the statement highlighted.

Egypt’s Ministry of Irrigation has also actively contributed by preparing technical and economic feasibility studies for the multi-purpose Wau Dam project in South Sudan, emphasizing Egypt’s commitment to supporting technical advancement in various sectors within South Sudan.

In July, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi affirmed Egypt’s commitment to providing technical assistance across various fields during a meeting with South Sudanese Vice President for Economic Affairs James Wani Igga in Cairo.

The visit witnessed the signing of multiple agreements aimed at bolstering cooperation between the two nations, encompassing initiatives to mitigate flooding risks, enhance trade and industry, and facilitate developmental projects.

Highlighting Egypt’s commitment to its foreign policy, Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel-Ati emphasized that collaboration with Nile Basin and African countries remains a cornerstone.

Leveraging its technical expertise in water resources, Egypt’s involvement in numerous projects across Africa focuses on sustainable development and elevating living standards for African citizens.

In related news, Sunnova Energy International, a leading U.S. Energy as a Service (EaaS) provider has teamed up with Seeding Mercy Inc. (“SMI”), a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the hunger crisis in East Africa to fund the deployment of off-grid solar powered irrigation pumps for farms in South Sudan.

The initiative not only aims to combat hunger but also paves the way for sustainable and renewable development in East Africa, creating social value for all communities involved.

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