Tuesday,14 August, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1282, (11- 17 February 2016)
Tuesday,14 August, 2018
Issue 1282, (11- 17 February 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Building hope

President Al-Sisi has unveiled dozens of projects in governorates across the country, reports Reem Leila

Al-Ahram Weekly

President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi has inaugurated 34 new development projects worth LE16 billion in investments. The ventures include housing, infrastructure and health facilities in governorates across Egypt.

On 6 February, a ceremony for a social housing project in 6 October City, southwest of Cairo, was attended by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Minister of Defence Sedki Sobhi, and the president’s assistant for national and strategic projects, Ibrahim Mehleb, along with a number of ministers.

Al-Sisi was given a detailed account of several plans, including water purification and treatment plants, social housing units and plans to improve traffic. Another scheme will establish a headquarters for the National Council for Women, improve the postal service, launch a unified dictionary for sign language and establish sports and youth centres.

In his remarks, Al-Sisi noted the importance of raising citizen awareness of the challenges the country is facing, as well as of the cost of services they are offered, which exceeds the value of what they pay. The president stressed the need to engage citizens and enable them to contribute to combatting ongoing challenges by rationalising consumption.

Al-Sisi attended the official release of 13,000 low-income housing units as part of his initiative to build a million housing units, now being carried out in cooperation with the Military Engineering Authority (MEA).

On housing, the president ordered 200,000 more units at a cost of LE1 billion to be financed by the Tahia Misr fund. He encouraged banks to offer loans to contribute to constructing the units within the designated timeframe. The president also called for the construction of mosques and churches in new urban communities that will include vital utilities and services.

Al-Sisi emphasised the need to continue training youth, citing the Presidential Leadership Programme that targets 2,500 youths annually.

He also stressed that the state respects the judiciary and does not interfere in or comment on court rulings. He explained that his comments on the Port Said football tragedy had been taken out of context, saying his words were meant to reach out to youth.

Last week, Al-Sisi called for a reopening of an investigation into the 2012 football riot that killed 72 spectators. He invited Ultras football fans to participate in the probe.

The president directed the minister of communications and information technology to start working on establishing seven smart villages, noting their economic viability and contribution to creating jobs.

Al-Sisi explained that the benefits of the reclamation of 1.5 million feddans are not limited to economic and investment returns but extend to encompass other social dimensions, “which are of great importance to the state”. The development plans aim to establish fully integrated urban communities to accommodate population growth and alleviate pressure on heavily populated areas.

The president called on the public to seize employment opportunities offered by the national projects “instead of travelling to unsafe destinations” that could jeopardise their safety. He noted that the scope of business activities will multiply and expressed confidence in Egypt’s ability to pursue its development plans.

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