Italy's AMA, the municipal company that provides cleaning services for Rome, has won the contract to collect and dispose of solid waste in northern Cairo. The 15-year contract with the governorate of Cairo is worth£E 52 million ($11.5 million) a year.
AMA won the order in joint venture with the local Arab Contractors (Osman Ahmed Osman & Company). The two partners are setting up a new company - to be named AMA Arab Environment Company - to carry out the project. Areas covered include Zeitoun, El-Qobba Gardens, El-Zawiya el-Hamra, El-Shorabiya, Shoubra, Rod el-Farag and El-Sahel.
AMA is carrying out similar schemes in the Senegalese capital Dakar, and in San Pedro Sula, the second largest city in Honduras.
The contract is the fourth of its kind to be placed in greater Cairo since the start of 2002. A Spanish team of FCCand Urbasersigned two contracts worth £E 115 million ($25 million) a year in total for the eastern and western zones of Cairo governorate, and Italy's Jacorossihas been awarded the contract to clean the Dokki, Agouza and Imbaba districts of Giza governorate for £E 35 million ($7.6 million) a year (MEED 5:7:02; 21:6:02).
Contracts pending include southern Giza, expected to be signed with FCC/Urbaser, and southern Cairo, for which a retender is awaited.