AFD in the Palestinian Territories

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NGEST (North Gaza Emergency Sewerage Treatment): Signature of contract for the completion of works and the O&M


The construction of a Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) in the northern Gaza Strip has been put on hold in recent years as the international contractor declared bankruptcy in early 2014. In addition, during Gaza war, summer 2014, damaged several installations on the site.


The current phase of the NGEST project consists in the construction of a biological treatment plant with a daily capacity of 35,000 cubic meters which will serve the population of Gaza North estimated at 250,000 inhabitants.

After two years of legal and commercial negotiations, a joint venture was formed between Termomeccanica Ecologia (Italy) and Masoud and Ali Contracting Co (local contractor). They signed two contracts, one for the completion of the work at the WWTP site and the other for 2 years of operation and maintenance to transfer the operational know-how to the Palestinians. The contracts amounts are US $ 12 million, co-financed by the World Bank and AFD.

The contract was signed on 13 November 2016 between the Minister of the Palestinian Water Authority, Eng. Mazen Ghunaim, and the joint venture under the patronage of Prime Minister Rami Hamadallah. Mr Pierre Cochard, French Consul General in Jerusalem, Mrs Marina Wes, Local Director of the World Bank and the Director of the Jerusalem Agency attended the ceremony.

Sanitation: The city of Missilya takes the challenge up


Improving access to water and sanitation services remains one of AFD's priorities in the Palestinian Territories. Therefore, the Agency is funding the Missilya project in the West Bank, which will provide the population with a robust system for the collection and treatment of the wastewater.


Access to quality services for the population

AFD supports the construction of sanitation infrastructure in Missilya, a small town in the northern West Bank, Jenin Governorate.

In fact, sanitation services benefit a small part of the population of the northern West Bank only (45% for collection and 16% for treatment).

This project, financed from the AFD ceiling 5.5 million Euros, is fully in line with the National Water and Sanitation Strategy. It is implemented by the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA), and aims to bring these sanitation services to 75% of the population by 2032.

At the end of the project, the inhabitants of Missilya will be connected to one system covering this city of 5000 inhabitants.

Reed-planted filters to treat wastewater

The project involves the construction of two main infrastructures:

• A sanitation system that collects wastewater from the city;
• A treatment plant.

This treatment station uses a robust technology and is adapted to rural areas: a treatment through reed-planted filters, a common technology in France but not in the Palestinian Territories.

Wastewater treated by the station may eventually be reused for agriculture.
The Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) has signed a 3.7 M€ contract with the Palestinian company Brothers Contracting Company on November, 3rd 2016 for the construction of these infrastructures.

The work should be completed within 18 months and it will allow the joint service council of Maythaloun (JSC) to provide the sanitation services to the population.

Operated since 2012, JSC works closely with another joint service council in the region, the JSC of Tubas, renowned for its experience in managing prepaid water meters. The two JSCs were created with the support of the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) and the AFD.

The visit of the Minister of Water of Palestine to Bethlehem Water Project


To improve water and sanitation services in Bethlehem, AFD is funding a project to improve the district's drinking water services. The Water Minister of Palestine, Mr. Mazen Ghunaim visited the field on September, 22nd 2016.

Objective: Improving the access to water for 110,000 inhabitants 
Financed by both France via the AFD and the Netherlands ceiling 17.5 million Euros, in a region where the resource is rare, the project aims to improve the drinking water system in Bethlehem district in order to ensure the continuity of the water supply to the population.
One of the results: benefiting 110,000 inhabitants by improving their access to drinking water.
Thanks to the rehabilitation of the drinking water system, more than 56 km of pipes will be replaced to increase average consumption / access to drinking water by nearly 20%.
During a visit to Bethlehem, the Water Minister of Palestine, Mr. Mazen Ghunaim was able to observe the progress of the work and to meet with the project’s teams.
Ongoing work is being carried out by a joint-venture composed of Jordanian and Palestinian regional companies. While the French consulting firm BRLi, which carried out the study phase, supervises the work.

Rémy Rioux appointed Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement by the Council of Ministers today, 25 May 2016


Today, on a proposal made by François Hollande at the Parliament on 27 April 2016 and following a unanimous favorable vote of MPs and a majority of Senators, Mr. Rémy Rioux, 46, Deputy Secretary General of the French Ministry of Foreign affairs and International Development, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement, a Public Industrial and Commercial Establishment responsible for development in Southern countries and the French overseas territories. Rémy Rioux, AFD’s 11th Chief Executive Officer, will take over as head of AFD on 2 June 2016.

Rémy Rioux was born in June 1969 in Neuilly-sur-Seine and is an alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, rue d’Ulm, Sciences Po, and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration. He is a historian by training, a former student of Alain Corbin and Pierre Nora, and Senior Advisor at the Court of Auditors. During his career, he has alternately held responsibilities in France and for development in Africa.

Rémy Rioux appointed Chief Executive Officer of AFD © Alain Buu

At the age of 26, Rémy Rioux discovered Africa during an ENA internship in Benin, and subsequently by campaigning to promote the harmonization of business law in Africa. He has a love of this continent and has travelled across it throughout his career, established close ties there, and acquired a recognized expertise in development issues. He worked at the Directorate of the Treasury from 2004 to 2007, and subsequently from 2010 to 2012, where he contributed to modernizing monetary cooperation with African Franc Zone member countries, participated in the resolution of the Ivorian crisis, and contributed to making the issue of infrastructure and development central to the international agenda of the G20. At the time, he was a Member of the Boards of Directors of AFD and its subsidiary PROPARCO.

Rémy Rioux also conducted control missions in the energy and defense sectors at the Court of Auditors between 1997 and 2004. He worked at the Ministry of the Interior from 2000 to 2002, at the Office of the Minister Daniel Vaillant, where he was responsible for the budget and changeover to the euro. He also held a position at the State Holdings Agency (APE), from 2007 to 2010, as Chief Investment Officer responsible for the transport and media sectors, and sat on the Boards of Directors of various companies (SNCF, RATP, ADP, Renault, France Télévisions, France Médias Monde, Arte, le Grand Port Maritime du Havre).

In 2012, he was Director of the Office of the Minister of the Economy, Finance and Foreign Trade, Pierre Moscovici. He was actively involved in redefining economic relations between Africa and France and in the work conducted by Jacques Attali on economic Francophonie. Two years later, Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, appointed him Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry, in charge of economic issues. Alongside the Minister, he managed the financial component of the negotiations for COP21.

Following the announcement made by the French President in September 2015 of a revival of France’s Official Development Assistance policy and an increase in development and climate finance (by EUR 4bn by 2020, to reach EUR 12.5bn of annual commitments, including EUR 5bn for the climate), he was entrusted with a preparatory mission for the establishment of closer ties between Agence Française de Développement and Caisse des Dépôts, which aims to provide France with a tool capable of meeting the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals.

He is a man of dialogue and conviction and is deeply attached to the Massif Central region, particularly Corrèze and Lozère, where he regularly stays with his wife and three children.

Key Dates

  • 26 June 1969: Born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
  • 1997: Auditor at the Court of Auditors on leaving ENA (Marc Bloch Class), where he became Senior Advisor in 2013
  • 2001 and 2002: Budget Advisor at the Office of Daniel Vaillant at the Ministry of the Interior
  • 2003: Control missions in the energy and defense sectors at the Court of Auditors
  • 2004: General Directorate of the Treasury, Head of the Office for Monetary and Development Cooperation with African, Caribbean, Pacific and Franc Zone countries
  • 2007: Deputy Director for the transport and audiovisual sectors at the State Holdings Agency (APE)
  • 2010: Deputy Director for international financial affairs and development at the General Directorate of the Treasury
  • 2012 to 2014: Director of the Office of Mr. Pierre Moscovici at the Ministry of the Economy and Finance
  • 2014: Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development in charge of economic affairs
  • 2015: Responsible for financial matters in the French negotiation team for COP21.
  • June 2016: Appointed the 11th Chief Executive Officer of Agence Française de Développement.

French PM visit: AFD and the PA sign financing agreements for 13.8 M€


During French Prime Minister Manuel Vall’s visit to Ramallah on 24 May 2016, Minister of Finance Shukry Bishara and Bruno Juet, AFD’s Country Director, sign two financing agreements in Ramallah, for a total value of 13.8 million euro (M€).

The first agreement channels 13.3 M€ of funds from the European Union to finance a water sanitation project in Hebron. This contribution adds up to a 10 M€ financing of the AFD and co-financing by the World Bank and USAID.
This capital is used to treat the sewage of an estimated 200,000 people in Hebron Municipality. This investment will hence reduce the negative impact of the untreated sewage on the 100,000 inhabitants of the downstream Wadi Al Samen valley and in turn protect the aquifer water resource from further pollution. The project owners will study the possibility to create new water resources and new jobs by reclaiming the treated wastewater.
Significant investment is dedicated to the capacity building of the water service provider in Hebron.
The second financing agreement signed in Ramallah is worth 500,000 euro and is dedicated to studies and technical assistance, mainly for the preparation of AFD’s future commitments in the country.

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