Egypt has become among the countries with high rates of human development, said Khaled Zakaria, the main author of the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report (HDR) in Egypt for 2021.
During a ceremony in the New Administrative Capital east of Cairo to celebrate the issuance of the report on Tuesday, Zakaria reviewed the issues tackled by the report.
The report covered several issues related to the definition of "development for all" and therefore, Zakaria added, dealt with issues of investment in people, economic reform, social protection, woman employment, and governance as well as issues related to environmental system management.
"In each issue, the research team followed a review of the constitutional framework, as being the governing framework for development in Egypt, in addition to Egypt’s Vision 2030," he noted during the ceremony, which was attended by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.
He added that the increase in human development rates in Egypt continues, and Egypt has moved to become one of the countries with high human development rates, a matter that reflects the sectors related to health and educational and national income.
As for education, dropout rates are going down, while the rates of transition from one educational stage to another is going up, he pointed out.
The Egyptian health sector, Zakaria said, has witnessed an improvement in performance, pointing to the increase of the average life expectancy for males and females in Egypt over the past years.
He also praised the health initiatives launched by the Egyptian government in recent years, including the early detection of Hepatitis C infection.
In July 2020, the Egyptian health ministry announced that the country was officially free of Hepatitis C, only months after concluding the 100 Million Health initiative to screen and overcome hepatitis and non-communicable diseases.
The initiative, spanned from October 2018 until April 2019, included mass screenings for all citizens over the age of 18 for the early detection of Hepatitis C infection alongside evaluation and treatment in Hepatitis treatment units deployed nationwide.
The report is the 12th to be issued on Egypt since 1994 and comes after a hiatus on issuing the report that lasted for 10 years.