Prime Minister Madbouly at National Youth Conference in Alexandria . Photo: Al-Ahram
Madbouly was speaking at the National Youth Conference, attended by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, and held at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Technological University as part of the president’s visit to Alexandria and Beheira governorates to inaugurate several projects under the Decent Life initiative.
The prime minister added that population density is one of Alexandria's key challenges, noting that the governorate does not have the capacity to accommodate the population increase and that it needs to generate hundreds of thousands of job opportunities in the coming period.
Madbouly pointed out that 47 percent of Alexandria's population reside in unplanned areas due to the lack of a desert hinterland while the governorate expanded vertically.
However, the country has put a strategic plan to improve Alexandria till 2032, Madbouly affirmed, adding that there are also plans for Beheira governorate.
“The total investments in Alexandria and Beheira governorates since 2014 have exceeded EGP 812 billion,” Madbouly stated.
He added that the country has worked on providing educational, healthcare, and social protection services in the two governorates.
The number of classrooms has increased by 21 percent in Alexandria and 18.5 percent in Beheira, Madbouly said, pointing out that there is a significant leap in technical education which increased to 57 percent in Alexandria and 51 percent in Beheira.
The premier revealed that EGP 40 billion have been invested in the development of Alexandria and Damanhour universities, in addition to the establishment of the Egyptian-Japanese University, Borg El-Arab Technological University, Alexandria Private University, and several educational hospitals.
Madbouly stated that Egypt has invested EGP 14 billion in industrial development in both Alexandria and Beheira governorates.
He explained that these projects provide thousands of job opportunities for the citizens of both governorates.
Madbouly highlighted Egypt’s most important project currently being built which is the New Delta project, with the aim of reclaiming and cultivating 2.2 million feddans — nearly a quarter of Egypt’s agricultural land — with reused water.
This project marks the largest-ever agricultural project in Egypt, the prime minister stated.
Madbouly said 19 unsafe slum areas have been eliminated and replaced with 132,000 housing units at the cost of EGP 173 billion.