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New AMCOW President Emerges PDF Print E-mail

A new Minister for Water Resources and Irrigation, Dr Mohamed Bahaa El-Din has been sworn in the recently constituted cabinet of the Arab Republic of Egypt. In this position, Dr Mohamed El-Din assumes the position of the President of the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) replacing Dr Hesham Kandil who was recently promoted to the rank of Prime Minister of Egypt. One of the first functions of the new AMCOW President is expected to be the presiding over of the Africa Focus Day on Tuesday, August 28th 2012 during the World Water Week in Stockholm. He is also billed to address the opening plenary of the World Water Week on Monday August 27th 2012.

Meanwhile, the Arab Republic of Egypt has designated Dr Nehal Adel as the new Chair of the AMCOW Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

 
AMCOW President appointed Egypt New Premier PDF Print E-mail

Egypt's newly-elected President Mohamed Mursi has appointed Hisham Kandil, Water and Irrigation minister and President, African Ministers Council on Water, head of the new government. Mursi's spokesman, Yasser Ali, said that the president will meet the appointed premier today followed by a press conference held by Kandil, reported the Middle East News Agency. Ali indicated that the appointment of this "patriotic and independent" figure came after studies and negotiations to elect someone who is capable of administering the current scene effectively.

Kandil was born in 1962 which makes him Egypt's youngest prime minister to date. He is also the country’s first bearded premier. Graduating in 1984, he studied engineering at college then obtained a master’s degree and a PhD in irrigation from the United States.

Kandil was appointed water and irrigation minister by Essam Sharaf in the cabinet that preceded Kamal al-Ganzouri's, following the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

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