"It was a first on two fronts actually," explained ICE area manager for the Middle East, Africa & the Americas, Neil Bailey. "It was the first ICE Convention in the Middle East & Africa and first joint regional conference held with IMechE. ICE was the lead institution in all of this; however as we have a joint office in Egypt with IMechE and Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), we then invited the other two onboard."
The convention comprised of a conference day attended by 130 delegates, an institutional business day for ICE staff, director general, president and country representatives and a site visit for delegates to Alexandria to see the Coastal Monitoring Station at Rosetta and the
The majority of the papers were presented by Egyptian experts on topics as diverse as 'Efforts to increase sustainability of the construction industry' and 'Quantification assessments for climate changes impacts on Egyptian coastal zones'.
Some sessions were opened up to ICE representatives from other countries in Africa and the Middle East in order to provide a more rounded view of the effects of climate change across the region.
The conference was hosted by Egyptian Minister of Water Resources & Irrigation, Dr. Mahmoud Abu Zeid and Minister of Environmental Affairs Maged George, who introduced the event, along with the new British Ambassador in his first official capacity in-country. ICE president David Orr, and his IMechE counterpart John Baxter, were speaking at the event before being interviewed for Egyptian news channels.
The organisation of the event was undertaken by the local ICE/IMechE/IET Joint Office, British Engineering Institutions Egypt (BEIE), headed by ICE country representative Dr. Gamal Abu-Taleb and BEIE Co-ordinator Eng. Yasmine Sabri, with support from London.