Egypt to facilitate access to means of transport for people with disabilities

Mai Ghandour, Wednesday 2 Feb 2022

The Egyptian ministries of transport and social solidarity signed a cooperation protocol on Wednesday to adopt measures meant to facilitate access and use of public transportation for people with disabilities.

Minister of Transportation Kamel El-Wazir and Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine El-Qabbaj signing
Minister of Transportation Kamel El-Wazir and Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine El-Qabbaj signing a cooperation protocol on Wednesday to facilitate movement for people with disabilities in means of transportation (photo courtesy of Egyptian Cabinet)

The protocol that targets allowing people with disabilities to move around seamlessly includes the modern means of transportation, currently under construction, such as the monorail, the LRT, and the BRT, and the existing means, such as the railways and underground metro, read a cabinet statement. 

According to the protocol, a joint committee will be formed from officials in the two ministries to follow up on the implementation process within a specified time frame and prepare a monthly report. 

The protocol is valid for five years starting from the signing date and may be automatically renewed for a similar period. The two ministries will share the financial cost equally, the statement added.

To integrate people with disabilities into public spaces and all aspects of society without discrimination, the protocol will provide them with safe and accessible transportation upon the presidential directives and in line with Law 10 which stipulates that the disabled have the right to inclusion in society and the facilitation of their lives and their means of transportation, the two ministries said in the statement.

This is also in line with Accessibility Code 106, which ensures the facilitation of railway and subway stations by establishing ramps and public spaces designed for the disabled.

Minister of Social Solidarity Nevine El-Qabbaj said that the ministry is adopting an approach to empower and facilitate the lives of people with disabilities to ease their movement and improve their abilities for independence and inclusion in society, according to the statement.

El-Qabbaj added that the political support and legislation that took place during the past three years was the starting point to empower them and begin their access to all rights without the slightest discrimination. 

This is an embodiment of the cooperation between ministries and the integrated work between them to serve all citizens alike. She also explained the importance of investing  in people with disabilities by maximising their opportunities to join the labour market.

 

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