Ministry of Water and Irrigation
Eng. Raed Muzaffar Abu Al-Saud
Engineer Raed Abu Al-Saud assumed the position of Minister of Water and Irrigation in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on 7 April 2005.
He was Minister of Public Works and Housing and Minister of Transport for the period from 25 October 2003 to 24 October 2004. Minister of Water and Irrigation 7/4/2004 Minister of Public Works and Housing, 2005-3 / 7/2005, Minister of Water and Irrigation 2007-2009
Eng. Raed Abu Al-Saud worked in the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in 2000-2003 where he was Director of the Planning and Management Unit (PMU) and Assistant to the Secretary General of the Water Authority.
During his tenure as Director of the Planning and Management Unit (PMU), Engineer Raed Abu Al-Saud was responsible for achieving the full objectives of the unit, which was valued at US $ 400 million. These objectives included:
• Rehabilitation of water supply networks.
• Management of the contribution of the private sector in the services of the Water Authority
• To proceed with the Ministry's efforts to improve the management and conditions of water and sanitation services.
• Providing highly skilled technical and management expertise to manage the Greater Amman Water Sector Improvement Program (GAWSIP).
• It should be noted that the engineer Raed Abu Saud was a member of the steering committee of the sewage treatment plant Khirbet Samra.
In addition, Eng. Raed Abu Al-Saud has managed several international and investment projects for Jordan and many countries in the Middle East.
Engineer Raed Abu Al-Saud received a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from the University of Miami, Florida, USA. He has attended many educational and training courses related to construction, primavera , Bilateral and international cooperation, water economics, financial and accounting management, management of drinking water treatment plants and transparency in infrastructure concessions at Harvard University and many Jordanian institutes and training centers.
Engineer Raed Abu Al-Saud is a member of:
• Member and Chairman of the Civil Aviation Authority.
• Member of Aqaba Railway Corporation.
• Member of the Hijazi Railway Corporation
• Member of Jordan Maritime Authority.
• Member of the Public Transport Regulatory Commission.
• He has a membership in the Housing, Development and Urbanization Foundation, which started in 2003.
Born in 1957 in Jordan, he is married and has three children. He speaks fluent English alongside the mother tongue (Arabic).
Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MWI) is the official body responsible for the overall monitoring of the water sector, water supply and wastewater system and the related projects, planning and management, the formulation of national water strategies and policies, research and development, information systems and procurement of financial resources. Its role also includes the provision of centralized water-related data, standardization and consolidation of data.
The MWI was established in: 1988 by-law issued by the executive branch of the Government under the Jordanian Constitution. The establishment of the Ministry of Water and Irrigation was in response to Jordan’s recognition of the need for a more integrated approach to national water management. Since its establishment, MWI has been supported by several donor organization projects that have assisted in the development of water policy and water master planning as well as restructuring the water sector.Seven directorates under the direction of the Assistant Secretary Generals for Finance and Administration and Technical Affairs as well as two units for Legal Affairs and Project Finances directly subordinate to the Secretary General fulfil the said functions (MWI Organisational Chart). Units for public relations, internal monitoring and water security and protection are directly subordinate to the Minister of Water and Irrigation with responsibilities overarching MWI, WAJ and JVA (Ministry By-Law No.52 of 1992).
The Ministry of Water and Irrigation embraces the two most important entities dealing with water in Jordan:
The Water Authority of Jordan (WAJ): in charge of water & sewage systems.
The Jordan Valley Authority (JVA): responsible for the socio-economic development of the Jordan Rift Valley, including water development and distribution of irrigation.
This relative position with respect to WAJ & JVA reinforces MWI's leading role as Jordan's lead entity on water issues. With its extensive Water Information System1, MWI has become a leader in the region that uses GIS-based digital tools for Water Master Planning activities, offering the framework, databases and tools necessary to manage water data and providing water specialists with data and information for water sector monitoring, management and planning. MWI regularly produces essential water sector information products including the Water Master Plan.
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