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Egypt's PM presents seven-step economic, social vision to House of Representatives

‘I would like to stress that the Egyptian citizen has the full support of the Egyptian government and that citizens were the main focus of this program,’ says Ismail in the statement

Ahram Online , Sunday 27 Mar 2016
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Egypt's Prime Minister Sherif Ismail presented to the House of Representatives on Sunday his cabinet’s seven-step vision for developing the economy and improving public services through 2018.

All 34 ministers in the cabinet attended Sunday's session, along with all 596 MPs.

The government program was titled "yes we can.”

“I would like to stress that the Egyptian citizen has the full support of the Egyptian government and that citizens were the main focus of its program,” says Ismail in the statement.

The government's program was summarised in seven points: "safeguarding national security, reinforcing democracy, devising an economic programme prioritising growth, achieving social justice by improving public services, administrative reform through fighting corruption, promoting transparency, and strengthening Egypt's role in the region," the statement read.

Ismail highlighted these points as the "main principals" directing the work of the Egyptian government.

"First, we are serious about the reform process on all levels--political, economic, social, environmental, and administrative, and we will cooperate, coordinate, and work closely with the House of Representatives to implement this," the statement read.

Egypt faces huge problems and the government will adopt scientific methods to deal with them, the second step reads.

"Any economic action will be accompanied by social protection programs, and no social programs will be adopted unless necessary funds are available," the statement read.

The fourth point demonstrated the government's total rejection of any kind of corruption, saying that it will work alongside the parliament to combat it.

Reforming infrastructure and boosting economic competitiveness was the government' s fifth step.

More transparency and administrative reform necessary for economic growth is part of the sixth step.

The final step is the development of Egypt's leading role internationally and regionally.

According to article 146 of Egypt's constitution, "If [the] government does not win the confidence of the majority of the members of the House of Representatives within thirty days at the most, the president shall appoint a prime minister who is nominated by the party or the coalition that holds the majority or the highest number of seats in the House of Representatives."

If the government fails to gain confidence again, the parliament is considered dissolved and the president calls for parliamentary elections within 60 days.

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