Minister of Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning, Eng. Essam Abdallah Khalaf received the UK International Trade Minister, Ranil Jayawardena and his accompanying delegation, with the attendance of MOW Undersecretary Mr. Ahmed Al Khayyat and Assistant Undersecretary for Sanitary Affairs, Eng. Ebrahim AL Hawaj. 

From L to R: Ebrahim Hawaj, Assistant Undersecretary MoW; H.E. Ahmed Al Khayat, Undersecretary, MoW; R.H. Ranil Jayawardena, UK Minister of International Trade; H.E. Essam Bin Abdulla Khalaf, Minister of Works, Bahrain and H.E. Roderick Drummond, British Ambassador to Bahrain

At the start of the meeting, His Excellency highlighted the heightened progress and development of the relationship between the two countries. After which the Ministers reviewed the cooperation between the two friendly countries and discussed means of progressing the relationship and in particular, in the infrastructure sector where the Ministry of Works is currently pursuing several projects for execution. Also discussed was the possibility of benefitting from the UK expertise in participating in the execution of some of the upcoming projects in this sector, where UK companies are highly regarded.

During the visit, the International Trade Minister reviewed progress of the Upgrade of Secondary Treatment Project at Tubli WPCC using the HYBACS Technology. This project is considered among the most important projects for improving the infrastructure and sanitary treatment system in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The project aims to improve the secondary effluent treatment efficiency resulting in the increase of TSE production at Tubli WPCC so that it can be used for irrigation of farms and landscaping.

The project is being executed by Bluewater Bio, which is both one of the UK and internationally leading companies in the sanitary engineering sector.

The UK International Trade Minister praised the Ministry of Works Initiatives and complimented the efforts being taken by the Ministry to grow and expand the infrastructure of the Kingdom of Bahrain, he wished the Kingdom and its people continuous growth and development.