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Egypt's Sisi meets Presidential Advisory Council, stresses its vital role in solving national problems

Ahram Online , Saturday 18 Jan 2020
Sisi meets presidential advisory council
President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi during his meeting with members of the presidential advisory council on Saturday (Photo courtesy of Presidential Spokesperson)
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President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met on Saturday with the Presidential Advisory Council, made up of Egypt's senior scientists and experts.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady, El-Sisi stressed during the meeting the importance of the role it plays as well as its national mission to put forward ideas and recommendations to solve the problems facing Egypt in various fields.

The council, which includes prominent scientists in various disciplines, was formed by El-Sisi in 2014.

It is charged with studying the files of national projects and development across state sectors.

Following its formation, the president said that "the new council will help correct religious discourse, improve the course of the media, and improve the quality of education and linking it to the needs of the market."

During Saturday's meeting, according to Rady, El-Sisi reviewed the proposals of the council members on advancing vital sectors, such as education, scientific research, health and agriculture.

Rady said that the president welcomed their proposals, pointing to the importance of coordination between the council and various stakeholders to unify efforts and avoid duplication to achieve the desired objectives.

The meeting also witnessed a review of the current state of scientific research in Egypt, and efforts to advance it as a major component in the development process, Rady noted.

El-Sisi and council members tackled the features of the general strategy to develop the healthcare system in Egypt, focusing on training and vocational rehabilitation.

"Current efforts to advance the technical and vocational education sector in Egypt was presented, as well as a proposal to establish new agricultural societies to achieve sustainable development and adapt to climate change," Rady said.

The council includes prominent heart surgeon Magdi Yacoub, geologist and former NASA scientist Farouk El-Baz, and corporate vice president and president of Microsoft Middle East and Africa Ali Faramawy.

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