Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has been briefed on the latest developments in the Bardawil Lake project in North Sinai, presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement on Tuesday.
El-Sisi met earlier today with officials including Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Petroleum Minister Tarek El-Molla, and Board Chairman of the Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering NV (DEME) Company Luc Bertrand.
The president said that the Bardawil Lake project should be "integrated with the general development strategy in Sinai."
The meeting addressed the expected economic returns from the Bardawil project given its unique location on the Mediterranean and its fish-rich resources, in addition to the role this lake would play in providing job opportunities and enhancing food security, the statement added.
The meeting also addressed the positive impact anticipated by developing the lake, whether in restoring the environmental balance or developing the region of Sinai as a whole.
The Bardawil Lake project, which was launched in 2017, targets increasing the lake's productivity and preserving its fish reserves by enforcing hunting laws to prevent all fishing violations. The project's objectives also include allocating designated villages for fishermen in order to raise their standards of living.
Egypt seeks to utilise the EGP 120-million development project to export fish surpluses abroad.
Rady noted that Tuesday's meeting also discussed cooperation with the DEME concerning the possibility of establishing renewable energy stations to generate clean energy alongside traditional energy sources.