Egypt has taken progressive steps in recent years to reduce the import of petroleum products in order to do away with these imports by 2022, given the sufficient level of natural gas within the country, according to Gamal El-Qaliouby, professor of petroleum and energy engineering at the American University in Cairo and board member of the Egyptian Petroleum Association.
El-Qaliouby made the comments during the session "Energy in Egypt" , which was held within the fourth day activitis of the fellowship launched by the Ministry of Youth and Sports (the Bureau of African Youth and the Central Administration of the Parliament and Civic Education) under the auspices of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, in cooperation with the Pan-African Youth Union, during the period from June 8 to 22, 2019, at the Center for Civic Education in Cairo.
He said that the state's political leadership is looking to reduce the import bill through several measures taken to achieve sustainable development.
Professor Gamal Al-Qaliouby at the event
He highlighted Egypt's plans and steps taken to achieve energy development, noting that these measures, whether related to oil, natural gas or electricity, have been a big change for Egypt in achieving energy self-sufficiency, saving billions of dollars. He added that energy is the cornerstone for achieving sustainable development.
According to El-Qaliouby, Egypt's energy strategy is based on three main pillars; restructuring and reform of the natural gas sector, supporting energy efficiency, and the fight against global warming through reducing emissions.
Leadership discusses energy development in Egypt
The solar power plant located in the Benban region of Aswan is one of the three largest solar power plants in the Middle East and North Africa, noting that the Egyptian government is seeking to diversify its energy sources and is depending on modern technological methods to produce electricity.
El-Qaliouby also reviewed Egypt's key achievements through the implementation of several infrastructure projects and the establishment of a local power grid in Aswan to cover the entire country. He noted that there are 68 power plants in Egypt, three of which are among the top eight in the world.
He called on young Africans to face the problems in their countries, as they are responsible for managing national and continental affairs, and that they can benefit from the Egyptian experience and popularise it in Africa through cooperation and joint efforts, noting that Egypt is an integral part of Africa. He also stressed the need to seek to solve the continent's problems and achieve independence and security to achieve energy development.
Based on the results of the second African Youth Forum, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 24 to 26 April 2019 to invest in African youth, the Nasser Fellowship is one of the mechanisms to implement the 'Million by 2021' initiative, launched to empower young people in Africa by building the capabilities of 1 million young Africans in the areas of education, employment, and entrepreneurship by 2021.
The aim of the fellowship is to transfer the long-established Egyptian experience in national institution-building and to create a new generation of young African leaders whose vision is in line with the orientations of Egypt's presidency of the African Union in 2019.