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20 • Facilitation of information sharing (completed tasks, projects, etc.) among different services, municipal departments and external actors, and • Communication with diverse audiences on energy management. 3.6.3. Role of the municipal council The main responsibilities of the municipal council are: • Providing guidance by setting priorities and objectives for the Governorate’s energy policy; • Integrating the action plan into budget planning process and prioritising/ensuring its implementation; • Validating the completion of the actions and managing the budget; • Proposing new actions and integrating them into the action plan; and • Adapting the objectives and action plans to the evolution of the projects as well as human and financial capacities; • Delegating and assigning tasks to implement the SECAP. 3.6.4. Local and national coordination The municipality should build relationships with regional actors that have a role to play in the exploitation, study and analysis, management and use of energy resources within the territory. These include various public institutions and administrations, local agencies and organisations, industries, public and private enterprises, universities and research centres and civil society actors (NGOs, neighbourhood councils, etc.). 3.6.5. Involvement of stakeholders and citizens The municipality adopted a participative approach during the elaboration phase of the SECAP. In addition, its implementation phase engages all of the stakeholders including: institutions, professional organizations, socioeconomic actors, NGOs, local councils, etc. The consultation and exchange meeting contributes to and enhances the SECAP by incorporating stakeholders’ opinions, criticisms and propositions. Stakeholder participation is a measurement of the SECAP’s successful implementation. To ensure the success of the project’s implementation within the framework of the sustainable energy strategy, certain capacity reinforcement and awareness-raising actions for different sectors of the local population must be carried out. These include: • Lectures: organizing and facilitating a series of conferences and lectures given by professionals and experts. These meetings are meant for a diverse audience: local authorities, enterprises and the general public. The main objective is to educate local actors and encourage them to take action, and • Workshops: holding thematic workshops on sustainable energy (energy consumption reduction, energy efficiency and renewable energies) that enrich municipal personnel’s knowledge on the subject and, thus, facilitate the SECAP’s implementation. 3.6.6. Citizen awareness promotion plan The elaboration of the «Citizen Awareness Promotion Plan - CAPP» is meant to educate and inform the local population and stakeholders. It allows all actors to be involved in and contribute to the SECAP’s implementation. It could encompass several actions, including: • The creation of a permanent municipal information point; • The organisation of an open house; • The publication of articles in local and regional newspapers; • The distribution of brochures and posters; and • The distribution of an information letter that includes current events on sustainability as well as local success stories. This would include:

- Information on national energy policies and local implications; - The prevailing energy conditions in the Governorate (municipality); - The state of progress of the different actions implemented within the framework of the sustainable energy strategy and the SECAP; and - Successful projects in national and international municipalities, notably in municipalities that are members of the CoM. The Governorate’s information and awareness raising actions contribute to demand creation in the sustainable energy market. To create supply, similar actions that support the local economic fabric should be undertaken. To promote the local economy, the Governorate will organize meetings to exchange with different socio-economic actors. As part of its SECAP and sustainable development strategy 2030, these meetings enable the City of Hurghada to ensure that the supply of skills within its territory responds to existing, or future, demand. The elaboration of a regional skills directory (within the City and its neighbouring territories), which includes the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors, gives visibility to the skills and actors present in the Governorate. 3.7. Budget In its annual budget, the Governorate should undertake certain sustainable energy priority actions and initiate communication campaigns that inform and educate all of the stakeholders. Access to national and international financing will help assure the SECAP’s success by tapping into funds that support the implementation of its activities. 3.7.1. Foreseen financing sources for the investments within the action plan Financing from the national energy efficiency programme and renewable energies Governorates, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFAs) and Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation (MoIIC), can get direct access to funding agencies, but also can count on the support of additional resources coming from funding agencies through the Governorate Development and Lending Fund which connects Egypt’s negotiated supports with the municipalities presenting specific projects. Egypt is one of the nations receiving the highest level of aid. The international community offers grants and loans to Egypt’s Government. Entities that provide aid can be categorized in seven groups: Arab nations, the European Union, the United States, Japan, as well as international institutions - IFIs (including agencies of the UN system), European countries and the Gulf States 9 . Funding the energy sector Throughout the modern history of Egypt, most energy projects have been funded by international aid. Aid usually comes from donors seeking to improve the security and stability of the Egyptian energy sector. The EU, Germany, Italy, France, Greece, Spain, the Word Bank and the IMF have provided support to reform the institutions and regulations in the sector. Some new grants for sustainable energy and sustainability actions include the EU’s SUDEP grant for local governments and municipalities, as well as the Word Bank’s recently created Trust Fund programme, a funding assistance mechanism. The European Union, along with the Word Bank Group – International Finance Corporation (IFC), issued programmes for knowledge products and grants for the fiscal year 2016 focusing on municipal services, energy, water and solid waste management. Energy Efficiency Fund Legal basis for Energy Efficiency (EE) and Energy Savings (ES) targets in Egypt are based on a drafted law and National Energy Efficiency Strategy (NEES) 2000; savings are anticipated to be 15% by 2030 10 . According to MED-ENEC report, EE 9 The Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation, MoIIC – Available at: - (Accessed on: 14.08.2017) 10 Energy Efficiency Building Code, a Roadmap for Implementation in the MENA Region, September 2013, MED-ENEC – (Accessed: 20.08.2016). 21

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