'Voice of Egypt' summit contributes to realizing sustainable development goals: Minister

MENA , Monday 4 Nov 2019

The "Voice of Egypt" summit has kicked off on Monday within the framework of the second day of the Arab Sustainable Development Week,which is held under the patronage of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

The four-day event is organized by the Arab League in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Planning, Monitoring and Administrative Reform, the World Bank, and the United Nations Development Program.

Several key figures attend the event, including World Bank Group senior vice president for 2030 Development Agenda Mahmoud Mohie el-Din, EU Ambassador in Cairo Ivan Surkos and UNDP Resident Representative in Egypt Randa Aboul-Hosn.

The event also witnesses the participation of Arab entities interested in sustainable development issues, representatives of relevant NGOs and a host of senior Arab officials, decision-makers and media figures.

 The "Voice of Egypt" summit contributes to outlining programs to support Arab countries to achieve the objectives of sustainable development and exchanging the know-how, said Planning Minister Hala el Saeed on Monday.

Minister Saeed was addressing "Voice of Egypt" summit which is organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Planning in cooperation with the Arab League's General Secretariat, within the framework of the second day of the Arab Sustainable Development Week that opened Sunday.

World Bank Group Senior Vice President for 2030 Development Agenda Mahmoud Mohie el-Din is attending the four-day event.

The summit falls within the framework of implementation of Egypt's vision 2030 which focuses on planning for the future and dealing with various challenges through promoting knowledge and creativity, the minister said.

She asserted the private sector's key role in attaining sustainable development as well as the importance of partnership between the government, private sector and civil society in implementing Egypt's vision 2030.

The government has already started to engage in social partnership while drawing up medium-term and annual plans, Saeed noted.

The minister pointed out to the economic progress achieved by Egypt that reflected on the increase of the growth rate that reached 5.6 percent in 2018/2019, the highest rate in a decade.

She, also, pointed out to the decline of the unemployment rate to 7.5 percent during Q2 of 2019.

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