FM: JNHPP reflects Egypt’s commitment to backing Nile Basin countries

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Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said the Julius Nyerere Hydroelectric Power Project (JNHPP) in Tanzania reflects Egypt's commitment to supporting development in the Nile Basin countries.

He added this huge project shows the importance of strengthening constructive regional cooperation to achieve development for African countries.

Shoukry made the remarks during his participation Thursday along with Housing Minister Assem el Gazzar in a ceremony held on the occasion of filling the dam's lake, said Spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Ahmed Abu Zeid.

JNHPP was constructed through a joint venture of two Egyptian companies – the Arab Contractors Company and El Sewedy Electric – to double Tanzania's current energy production capacity, control floods and improve agriculture.

The Egyptian foreign minister conveyed the greetings of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to his Tanzanian counterpart, hailing the profound relations between Egypt and Tanzania.

Shoukry explained that cooperation among Nile Basin countries could become effective when the political will exists.

The spokesman added the project will greatly contribute to attaining development for Tanzania and elevating bilateral relations to the strategic level.

The ceremony was attended by Tanzanian President Samia Hassan and the Tanzanian energy minister, as well as representatives of the two Egyptian companies.

Source: State Information Service Egypt