Gender workshop - UNECE–Global Water Partnership ADA June 23, 2021
Water

Zrenjanin, Metito sign first PPP for wastewater treatment in Serbia

Zrenjanin Metito prvo javno-privatno partnerstvo otpadne vode madwar salapura

Walid Madwar, and Simo Salapura (photo: Zrenjanin.rs)

Published

November 12, 2020

Country

Comments

0

Share

Published:

November 12, 2020

Country:

Comments:

0

Share

The City of Zrenjanin and water management solution provider Metito from the United Arab Emirates have signed an agreement for the development and management of a wastewater treatment plant. The contract will be implemented as a public-private partnership (PPP).

According to data that the Commission for Public-Private Partnership made available, the project in Zrenjanin is the first in Serbia in which the PPP model is used in wastewater management.

The investment is estimated at EUR 30 million, and the contract was signed for 25 years

The contract was signed for 25 years, and the foreign direct investment is estimated at EUR 30 million, according to the website of the City of Zrenjanin. The project is the first deal for Metito in Europe.

The contract was signed by the mayor of Zrenjanin, Simo Salapura, and Walid Madwar, vice president of Metito.

This is the first job in Europe for Metito

After signing, the mayor said that in 30 months Zrenjanin would have a healthier and cleaner environment and a healthier and cleaner Begej river.

The direct investment is EUR 30 million, of which 70% will be used for the construction of the wastewater treatment plant while 40 people will be employed, he added.

Salapura also said the contract stipulates the City of Zrenjanin has no financial obligations. However, it has secured land and the connection between the local sewerage and the wastewater treatment plant.

Serbia as a gate for the EU

Zrenjanin Metito prvo javno-privatno partnerstvo otpadne vode
Photo: Zrenjanin.rs

Walid Madwar, vice president of Metito, said the public-private partnership is a long-term project.

Serbia was chosen as a very interesting place to invest, as well as because of certain benefits it provides, he said, adding it is a good start to open other markets in Europe.

The signing ceremony was attended by Branislav Nedimović, Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of Serbia and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, and Ibrahim Ali al-Darmaki, Charge d’Affaires at the Embassy of the UAE .

Comments (0)

Be the first one to comment on this article.

Enter Your Comment

Please wait... Please fill in the required fields. There seems to be an error, please refresh the page and try again. Your comment has been sent.

Related Articles

UNECE Global Water Partnership Austrian Development Agency gender workshop June 23, 2021

Role of women in sustainable management of natural resources in Drina river basin – register for workshop

10 June 2021 - The workshop “Gender dimensions in the sustainable management of natural resources through a Nexus approach in the Drina River Basin” is to take place on June 23. Read more and register.

Slovenia further strengthens drinking water as constitutional right

Slovenia to hold referendum on drinking water on July 11

08 June 2021 - Activists in Slovenia managed to get enough signatures to hold a referendum in an attempt to discard the recent amendments to the Waters Act.

UNECE NEXUS solutions

Exploring opportunities to achieving water-food-energy-ecosystems Nexus in Western Balkans

28 May 2021 - Integrated management of water, energy, and land resources, while protecting ecosystems, remains a substantial challenge in the Western Balkans.

Bled Water Festival first European Water Sommelier Association

Bled Water Festival establishes first European Water Sommelier Association

14 May 2021 - Organizers of the annual Bled Water Festival in Slovenia expanded their activities by establishing the European Water Sommelier Association or EWSA