Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has directed the development of electricity-related infrastructure in the countryside’s villages at the highest level, as part of a national initiative to achieve comprehensive development in these areas.
In a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker on Sunday, El-Sisi highlighted the significance of electrical services for the desired development process in these villages, Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said.
The president also directed officials to rely on high-quality local industries to achieve comprehensive development within the initiative.
This comes a day after El-Sisi, while inaugurating national projects via video conference from Port Said, referred to a project to develop 1,500 villages nationwide, stating that it will provide sanitation services and road networks, drinking water systems, governmental institutions, and other services.
In a Sunday meeting that also included Madbouly and Shaker, El-Sisi followed up on the plan to develop the 1,500 villages included in the first phase of the project.
This meeting was also attended by a group of ministers, including Minister of Housing Assem El-Gazzar, as well as Amir Ahmed, the president’s advisor for urban planning, and Ehab El-Faar, head of the Armed Forces’ Engineering Authority.
The project aims to develop all components of infrastructure, including water, electricity, natural gas, sanitation, canal lining, road paving, and other services.
It also includes a services axis that will encompass educational and health services as well as social programs.
On Saturday, El-Sisi said the project will significantly develop the countryside within three years.
He said the state will work on raising the efficiency of electric networks in the countryside, including installing underground electricity cables and removing the electric cables extending over houses.