Today, the National Committee for the Smart Green Projects Initiative held the final session to select the final 18 projects, under the auspices of Dr. Hala El-Said, Minister of Planning and Economic Development and supervisor of the initiative, and chaired by Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, climate pioneer for the Egyptian presidency of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change and Chairman of the Arbitration Committee. At the national level of the initiative, in the presence of Ambassador Hisham Badr, general coordinator of the initiative, Eng. Khaled Mostafa, permanent undersecretary of the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Maya Morsi, President of the National Council for Women, Dr. Rasha Ragheb, Executive Director of the National Academy for Training, and the members of the National Arbitration Committee for the initiative.
Marketing and promotion of investments
Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin said that the initiative represents a new method for marketing and promoting investments and redrawing investment maps in the governorates based on objective, updated and specific data, stressing that over the coming years there will be more than one dimension of interest in this initiative, stressing the need to promote the initiative globally and internationally, explaining The initiative meets several objectives, not just awareness at the local level.
Mohieldin added that the change and development that awaits any society without an understanding of sustainability and digital transformation will be followed by a degree of regression and lagging behind global development.
Mohieldin continued that the focus is on the digital transformation dimension along with the environment and climate change dimension, indicating that there has been communication with the Ministry of Communications, as well as uninterrupted communication with the governorates since the start of the initiative, in order to learn about the consequences of this initiative, explaining that it was carried out in cooperation. He explained a number of ministries, including the Ministry of Planning, Local Development, Environment and Foreign Affairs, as well as the National Council for Women, referring to the role of the National Arbitration Committee as well, in which the decision of the Prime Minister was issued.
Waste recycling projects
Regarding the sub-sectoral division of the initiatives, Mohieldin explained that the number of projects according to the sectors came as follows: 46 projects for waste recycling, 28 for the energy sectors, 7 projects for combating pollution, 28 projects for adapting to climate changes, 29 projects in the sustainability sector, and others.
For his part, Ambassador Hisham Badr, General Coordinator of the initiative, indicated that what has been achieved since the launch of the initiative represents a great achievement, thanking the governors who contributed to the speed of movement in the governorates of the Republic, in addition to the awareness and training sessions that were held, where 6281 projects were presented within the categories. Six for the initiative, followed by the convening of committees in each governorate with the presence of experts and representatives from ministries and the National Council for Women.
smart green project
Badr continued that the committees included an educational and awareness curve to introduce the nature of the smart green project, explaining that for the first time there is interaction between the governorates and the project applicants in a new experience, explaining that there are projects that have submitted the availability of the green component without the technological component, so some agencies intervened to follow up on the projects.
Badr explained that one evaluation form was distributed to all governorates, which included 25 criteria for distributing evaluation scores according to them, explaining that the first phase had passed successfully, as each governorate sent the six successful projects, including the “Provincial Ambassador Project,” which is the project that each governor considers the best of the six submitted projects. He explained that 162 projects were submitted, all of which are considered winners, after which the projects entered the stage of liquidation, where the Preparatory Committee filtered the projects into 50 projects, following up that an international committee with multiple experiences that included many groups from the United Nations Women’s Agency, program The United Nations Development Program, the World Food Program, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the United Nations Human Settlements Program, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and the Ambassador of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, in addition to the participation of the Egyptian Stock Exchange Authority, the Federation of Industries, the Council The Supreme Council for Universities, the Union of Banks, explaining that it has entered the final stage, to select projects participating in the conference held on November 3. Next, in the presence of the Prime Minister.
COP27 winning projects
Badr added that the projects will be reviewed during the conference and the 27 projects, dubbed the Ambassador Project, will be honored in each governorate to appreciate the governorates for their participation, explaining that the conference will include an exhibition in which a number of international bodies and investors will participate, explaining that the winning projects will be shared in COP27, explaining that in the Conference of the Parties they will be available More than one display mechanism in more than one activity.
Badr explained that the opportunity to participate in the projects was obtained within the five most important days of the COP27 agenda, where 2 to 3 projects from the total successful projects will be presented during those days.