US gives Egypt’s Sinai 20 buses for development purposes

Ahram Online , Thursday 7 Oct 2021

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) announced on Wednesday that it gave Egypt a gift of 20 buses to be dedicated to North Sinai governorate.

The buses presented to North Sinai governorate by USAID (Photo : USAID Egypt)
"These buses, totalling $1.8 million, will ensure that Bedouin communities in Central Sinai have access to larger coastal cities where job opportunities, municipal services, and commerce are more vibrant, " USAID said in a statement.

The new buses will ensure that 6,400 students in North Sinai, including young girls, are able to commute to secondary schools located at a far distance, the statement added. 

"The US government, alongside the Egyptian government, is committed to stabilisation and inclusive economic development in North Sinai to lay the foundation for a more prosperous and peaceful future," the statement continued. 

According to North Sinai Governor Mohamed Abdel-Fadeel Shosha, who received the buses, the bus ride will be free for students, whereas teachers will receive a 50 percent discount and citizens 40 percent. 

The governor added the main headquarters to operate the buses will be in the city of Hasna.

Shosha added that the buses come as a part of a $50 million North Sinai development initiative between Egypt and the United States.

In late 2019, the Egypt and USAID signed a bilateral assistance agreement to the tune of $6 million to increase educational opportunities and boost the livelihoods of the people of North Sinai.

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