Egypt: Sisi Attends Opening of Armed Forces Engineering Authority’s Projects in Badr City

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended on Thursday 12/5/2016 the inauguration of new projects carried out by the Armed Forces Engineering Authority in Badr city in north eastern Cairo.

The event began with the recitation of verses of the Holy Quran.

The opening ceremony is attended by Defense and Military Production Minister Sedqi Sobhi, Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar, in addition to a number of ministers, senior officials and top military brass.

Delivering a speech during the inauguration of development projects carried out by the Armed Forces Engineering Authority in Badr city, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail said realizing sustainable development is the state’s main target.

He said realizing partnership among various state sectors would form the basis for a strong and flourishing nation.

This new development era started in Egypt with the New Suez Canal project that was funded by the Egyptians, he added.

The state has to develop its administrative body and the government has a strategy for reforming and developing its administrative body, he said.

The government also works on developing decision-making mechanisms and improving state resources management, he said.

The premier added that the 32 projects opened today are the first step for launching several projects soon.

He went on to say that these projects implemented by the Armed Forces in tandem with the ministries, public and private sector companies reflect the Egyptians’ resolve to overcome challenges and build their future.

He noted that housing, service and infrastructure projects were established in 19 governorates.

Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities Moustafa Madboly said the ministry works on establishing 656,000 social housing units at 97 billion EGP.

The first stage of the project is meant to set up 256,000 housing units at a total cost of 37 billion EGP, he said, noting that the first stage will be finalized by the end of 2016.

In the second stage, the ministry will establish 400,000 housing units at a total cost of 60 billion EGP.

Commenting on statements by Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities Moustafa Madboly, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said there are nearly 850,000 people living in slum areas and about 14 billion EGP is needed for developing them.

He said it would take two years to develop these shanty areas, but people living there should be evacuated to nearby housing units.

He added that the state will not leave poor people to live in such dangerous areas.

He said the state will bear a large bulk of the funds and the rest would be secured through other resources.

Source: Egypt State Information Service.