Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has underlined that Egyptian scientists play a pivotal role in the country's development.
"Allow me in my name and in the name of the great Egyptian nation to salute Egyptian scientists who deserve all the appreciation for their relentless work," El-Sisi said in a speech marking Science Day.
He said that the "new Egypt" devotes special importance to science, adding that developing the country's educational system is a top priority.
Declaring 2019 in Egypt the "Year of Education” was intended to demonstrate the respect given to science and scientists, according to El-Sisi.
Egypt allocated in 2019 a budget of EGP 21 billion ($1.26 billion) for scientific research, according to officials during a higher education and scientific research forum in April.
"We pay science and scientists paramount importance," El-Sisi said, pointing at a current policy by the state to rehabilitate universities to tailor to the demands of the era.
The Egyptian president honoured a number of the country's scientists, including professors and researchers, who received prestigious state awards.