Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi called on Wednesday for coordination between state institutions and civil society to launch a nation-wide initiative called 'A Decent Life' to help the country's needy in 2019.
The president made the call in a small statement released on his social media accounts, where he praised "the Egyptian citizen" as the hero of 2018.
El-Sisi said that the people of Egypt "fought the battles of survival and building" and made selfless sacrifice, bearing the burden of economic reforms to ensure a better future for upcoming generations."
Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Wali said on Wednesday that the new initiative, which will launch on Thursday, aims to provide job opportunities and develop infrastructure.
Minister Wali also said that a meeting will be held on Thursday with the 10 biggest NGOs in Egypt to discuss the initiative, adding that the ministry has prepared a map outlining the challenges and identifying the target demographics.