PM chairs meeting on presidential Haya Karima initiative

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli chaired on Tuesday a meeting to follow up the implementation of the first-phase projects of national initiative Haya Karima (Decent Life) in support of the poorest families.

The meeting was attended by the ministers of social solidarity, planning and local development, among others.

A monthly meeting will be held to follow up the implantation of the initiative projects, Madbouli said, adding that regular visits will paid to the villages targeted by the initiative.

For her part, Planning Minister Hala el Saed said 11 ministries concerned will carry out 954 projects in 473 villages as part of the initiative in 2019-2020.

About 7.4 million citizens will benefit from such projects, the minister said, adding that Assiut, Minya, Sohag and Behira governorates will attract 86 percent of the initiative investments.

Social Solidarity Minister Ghada Wali, meanwhile, said her ministry has signed 19 deals with non-governmental organizations so far as part of the initiative.

Four committees have been formed under the umbrella of the initiative to facilitate the work of NGOs, she said, adding that 170 researchers have been trained to help targeted families fill out their application forms.

A total of 47,345 families have so far applied for the initiative, Wali noted.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi witnessed in July the launch of the Haya Karima initiative to support the poorest families.

This came during the 7th National Youth Conference, which was held in the New Administrative Capital last month.

The initiative, already in operation, seeks to bridge the development gap among state villages, invest in human capital development and bring about tangible positive changes to the local society.

Based on the presidential initiative, villages are divided into three categories in terms of poverty rate. It also aims to fulfill the needs of orphans as well as people with disabilities.

Moreover, the initiative includes improving sanitation, sewerage and education services, quality of drinking water and dispatching medical campaigns to provide villagers with necessary medication and vaccines.

Source: State Information Service Egypt