Establishment of the Regional Center for
Training and Water Studies in Arid and Semi-Arid Zones (RCTWS)
The Government of Egypt submitted, in July 2001, a detailed proposal for establishment of the Regional Center for Training and Water Studies (RCTWS) in arid and semi-arid zones in Egypt under the auspices of UNESCO.
The proposal, supported by the facilities and achievements of the TC-MWRI since its establishment, and commitments given by the Government of Egypt, were approved by the UNESCO Executive Council on August 7th 2001. Agreements were signed on December 27th 2001, between the Government of Egypt and UNESCO, that the present Training Center (TC-MWRI)be operated under the auspices of UNESCO and be given the name Regional Center for Training and Water Studies in Arid and Semi-Arid Zones(RCTWS).
During the joint meeting between the Nile Basin Ministers of Water Resources with donor countries and agencies held in Geneva, June 2001, Egypt was selected to host the Nile Basin Training and Capacity shard vision program for the basin countries.
The first trench of the program is US$ 25 million (this fund was already committed during that meeting). The proposed regional center, with its tremendous facilities and professional experience, will execute this challenging program.