Under the framework of close cooperation between the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Finance represented by the Egyptian Customs Authority, the Ministry of Environment (Waste Management Regulatory Authority) through Medical and Electronic waste management project which is implemented by the Ministry of Environment in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program and funded by the Global Environment Facility, organized the second technical workshop designed to raise awareness and build capacities of Egyptian customs officers on the identification of hazardous waste and their classification, including the waste of electrical and electronic equipment , their impact on health and the environment, how to deal with them properly, their transboundary movements in accordance with the global treaties Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm. The workshop is conducted during the period from 30 January to 1 February 2018 at Alexandria Customs Cultural Institute.
The opening of the workshop was attended by the head of central administration of EEAA Alex branch, the Manager of Medical and of Electronic Waste Management project, the head of central administration of the National Institute for Customs Training and the head of central administration of the Northern and Western Customs.
Dr. Nahid Yousef, head of Waste Management Regulatory Authority, pointed to the keenness of the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Finance to cooperate in combating illegal traffic in hazardous waste through Egyptian ports, which has increased significantly over the last few years. Dr. Tarek El-Araby, Manager of Medical and Electronic Waste Management project, stressed the importance of raising awareness about the classification of e-waste and its proper handling, legal procedures and environmental and health requirements for the handling and management of these wastes under Egyptian laws and Egypt’s obligations towards global environmental treaties.