65 PERCENT OF EGYPTIAN FAMILIES HAVE NINE KIDS: MINISTER

CAIRO, Egypt, About 65 percent of Egyptian families have nine children, which can hinder the nation’s development, said Egyptian Minister of Social Solidarity, Ghada Wali.

“Population increase rate has reached 2.5 percent, which requires raising the economic growth rate three times, in no less than ten years, which is not happening for the time being,” Wali said, at a ceremony to mark the 2017 World Population Day.

The minister added that, about 62 percent of Egyptian mothers are illiterate.

Egypt’s population has exceeded 100 million, including 93.4 million citizens, in addition to, at least, eight million expatriates, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics.

Egyptian President, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, told a youth conference in Alexandria last week, that, terrorism and growing population are the largest challenges facing the most populous Arab country.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK