Switzerland expresses will to take part in Sinai development efforts: Ambassador

MENA , Ahram Online , Tuesday 4 Dec 2018

Swiss Ambassador in Cairo Paul Garnier said on Tuesday that his country looks forward to taking part in development efforts in Sinai due to the importance of achieving development and stability and combating extremist ideologies.

The Swiss diplomat also hailed Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi's efforts to amend the country's NGO law.

The diplomat's statements were made in a meeting with Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly to discuss bilateral relations in the fields of housing, utilities and urban development.

Madbouly highlighted that an integrated plan for development in Sinai is being implemented. He also explained that investment in the fields of farming, mining, fishing, and tourism are on the rise to create more job opportunities.

The Egyptian PM welcomed the Swiss side's readiness to take part in development efforts.

He also welcomed the diplomat's request to communicate with the minister of social solidarity on NGO activities.

The meeting also tackled the current projects between the two countries including a programme to improve drinking water and sanitation projects carried out in the governorates of Qena, Assiut, Sohag, and Minya between 2015 and 2021, cabinet spokesman Nader Saad said

According to Saad, the Swiss government's contribution to the project is estimated at 13 million euros.

The Swiss ambassador briefed the prime minister on the project to support small and medium enterprises in the fields of textiles and clothing, which is allocated by the Swiss government to five countries including Egypt at $1.5 million euros.

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