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Egypt

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Egypt is an important trading partner with the United States, with a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement since 1999. In June 2009, President Obama spoke in Cairo, Egypt about the importance of partnerships in science and technology, and launched the “Initiative on Science and Technology (S&T) Engagement with the Muslim World.”

Jointly managed by the State Department and the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, this Initiative focuses on the role science and technology can play as a catalyst for collaboration between the United States and Muslim countries. Building on the idea that scientists and engineers have long been pioneers in international collaboration, the goal is to provide economic development, opportunity, education, and innovation.

The United States and Egypt signed a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) in 1999.

Text of the Agreement (PDF)

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ACTIVITIES

Risk Assessment Training at Cairo University

Participants at Risk Assessment Training, May 2012.

In coordination with the United States Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, EPA scientists provided training on “Risk Assessment as a Critical Tool for Everyday Challenges” at Cairo University Exit EPA disclaimer from May 16-20, 2012. The course was sponsored by the Toxicology & Forensic Medicine Department, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Cairo University.

The comprehensive training covered current, state-of-the-art risk assessment practices as used and implemented by the EPA. The training was attended by more than 300 participants, both male and female, including university faculty, graduate students, industry, and government officials.

The course offered hands-on training in the primary areas of risk assessment (i.e., hazard identification, dose-response assessment, exposure assessment, risk characterization) and in risk communication because outreach to the public and other stakeholders is essential to the successful implementation of risk assessment.

The course attracted large number of newspapers and TV stations. Explore additional information on the modules (PDF). (2 pp, 21 K,  About PDF Files)

Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles

The Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles assists developing countries to reduce vehicular pollution through the promotion of lead-free, low sulphur fuels and cleaner vehicle standards and technologies. In September 2010, working with our regional partners, EPA co-hosted a Middle East Workshop on Clean Fuels and Vehicles in Cairo. The workshop was co-sponsored by the League of Arab States, the Gulf Cooperation Council, CEDARE, and the Asia Clean Fuels Association. Twenty-two countries attended the meeting.

The Joint Committee on Environment and Development in the Arab Region (JCEDAR) endorsed the results of this workshop in October 2010. In December of that year, the Council of Arab Ministers responsible for the Environment (CAMRE) endorsed the PCFV to work with countries in the region and pursue a regional approach to clean fuels and vehicles.

 
Pollution Prevention Roundtable
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Middle East Environment, Science and Technology, and Health (ESTH) Officers and EPA staff visit Egypt’s Recycling School for Boys, September 2010.

The USEPA awarded a cooperative agreement to the U.S. National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR), the largest organization in the U.S. devoted entirely to pollution prevention, to assist in the development of a Middle East - North Africa Pollution Prevention/Cleaner Production/Sustainable Consumption and Production Roundtable. The Roundtable’s purpose is to help improve environmental protection activities in the Middle East and North Africa by establishing a network where the Middle East and North African countries can share information and experiences. This network would also foster dialogue between government, non-government and industrial entities.

A meeting of the Pollution Prevention Roundtable was held in Cairo, Egypt in September 2009. One hundred thirty-one participants from 21 different countries representing government, academia, industry, and international organizations attended this roundtable.

This meeting achieved further progress in the promotion of the concept of Sustainable Consumption and Production in the region by encouraging the utilization of products and services that ensure environmental protection, conserve water and energy as well as other natural non-renewable resources while contributing to poverty eradication and sustainable lifestyles.

At this meeting, EPA also presented its new Public Participation Guide, receiving feedback from participants to strengthen the toolkit and make it more user-friendly. EPA made changes to the Guide based on this feedback.

 
ESTH Conference and Site Visit
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Middle East ESTH Officers and EPA staff visit APE, a non-government organization established to improve the lives of garbage collectors, September 2010.

In September 2010, a three-day Environment, Science and Technology, and Health (ESTH) Conference for the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Central Asia regions was held in Cairo, Egypt.

ESTH Officers, Embassy staff, and other USG agencies discussed the environmental programs they’re working on in the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Central Asia.

During the conference, participants visited the Mokattam’s Recycling School for Boys, part of a community in the outskirts of Egypt, where the boys learn how to sort and safely recycle plastic shampoo bottles and about hazardous waste materials. The boys receive a small income every month and speak to their peers in Cairo schools about garbage collection, the environment and recycling. Participants of the ESTH Conference also visited APE, a non-government organization established to improve the lives of garbage collectors.


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Helwan University Alexandria University
Fullbright Commission in Egypt Housing & Building National Research Center (HBRC)
Schutz American School US Embassy Egypt




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Contacts

For additional information on EPA's work in the Middle East, contact:

Shereen Kandil
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2650R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
E-mail: kandil.shereen@epa.gov
(202) 564-6433

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