Sisi calls for using local components in countryside development amid supply chain disruption

Amr Kandil , Wednesday 27 Jul 2022

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has urged the reliance on local components as much as possible in implementing the projects under the Haya Karima (Decent Life) initiative to develop the countryside amid a disruption in global supply chains.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi follows up on the first phase of the Haya Karima (Decent Lif
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi follows up on the first phase of the Haya Karima (Decent Life) presidential initiative with ministers. Egyptian Presidency


This would also give an opportunity for the localisation of industry and reliance on local technology in cooperation with investors and the private sector, especially with regard to the projects’ infrastructure components, El-Sisi said in a meeting with ministers on Wednesday.

Chairman of the Armed Forces’ Engineering Authority Hesham El-Sweify also attended the meeting, presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.

The meeting reviewed the impact of the Russia-Ukraine crisis on supply chains with regard to various industrial components and raw material and their global prices.

El-Sisi and the ministers also reviewed the challenges facing the implementation of the projects of the presidential Decent Life initiative on the ground and the measures taken to overcome them.

The statement added that the cultivation and supply season of some strategic food commodities in the countryside have obstructed the implementation of some of the initiative’s projects.

The spokesman shed light on the “unprecedented volume of work carried out within the framework of the initiative’s projects, which are considered the largest of their kind in the history of national projects in Egypt.”

During the meeting, El-Sisi was briefed on the work flow at the first phase of the Haya Karima initiative, which covers 1,477 villages and dependencies and includes 18 million citizens, the spokesman said.

The president reviewed the progress of the projects in various governorates, especially in the sectors of drinking and sewage water networks, natural gas, electricity and lighting, communications, and transportation and roads.

This is in addition to the sectors of the government complexes, irrigation and agriculture, education, health, youth and sports, social solidarity programmes, housing, local development, besides various economic development initiatives.

El-Sisi launched the first phase of the Decent Life initiative for rural development last year in July to develop the countryside’s infrastructure, health, educational, and institutional sectors in few years.

The initiative aims to improve standards of living, infrastructure, and services and targets 58 percent of Egypt’s 102-million population who live in 4,658 villages across the country.

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