Egypt’s Sisi calls for establishing national projects to counter water shortage

Amr Mohamed Kandil, Monday 17 Aug 2020

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Egypt president Abdel Fattah El-Sisi during his meeting with Prime Minister and Housing Minister on Monday 17 August 2020 (Photo courtesy of the Egyptian presidency spokesman official Facebook page)

President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Monday urged expanding national efforts to decrease water shortages, including the establishment of desalination plants worth EGP 435 billion ($27.32 billion), the presidential spokesman stated.

During his meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Housing Assem El-Gazzar and Presidential Adviser for Urban Planning Amir Ahmed, El-Sisi called for expanding other projects to reduce water loss and acquiring the technical ability to localise the technology of water treatment and desalination plants.

El-Sisi also reviewed a “religious” project, namely “The Greater Disclosure over the Land of Peace.” The presidential statement gave no further details about the project. However, it said the president called for studying the different aspects of the project, including its infrastructure, in coordination with relevant governmental bodies, for the project to be an “added value to humanity as a whole.”

The meeting also reviewed the Ministry of Housing’s projects nationwide, especially the new cities, slum development, social housing, as well as efforts to modernise Cairo districts and provide water through desalination plants.

The modernisation of Cairo districts should be conducted in an integrated manner, so that an accurate vision that takes into account the engineering, social, financial and structural aspects is formulated, El-Sisi said.

El-Gazzar reviewed the government's efforts to support and establish social housing projects, such as the new national project known as “Residence for all Egyptians,” at new cities nationwide, in line with President El-Sisi’s initiative to provide a residential unit for every citizen.

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