Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has ordered comprehensive and organised development of the quarry system across the country, presidency spokesman Bassam Radi said.
El-Sisi made the comments in a meeting on Sunday with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly and other officials including Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tarek El-Mulla and the president’s advisor for national and strategic projects Sherif Ismail.
The president issued directives to develop the quarry system in a way that contributes to establishing clear principles for the relations between investors and the state, with the aim of achieving good management of the state’s natural resources, Radi said.
The president also ordered developing the process of managing the movement of trucks transferring raw materials related to quarries, to ensure their adherence to the safety standards, in order to help prevent pollution and road accidents.
The meeting discussed the executive status of the Egyptian Company for Mining, Management and Exploitation of Quarries and Salines, which belongs to the Armed Forces National Service Products Organisation.
The development plan of the quarry system aims at governing the system in a way that makes better use of the state’s resources, especially through establishing branches of the company nationwide and a unified digital geographical platform for all quarries in the country.
During the meeting, El-Sisi also reviewed the workflow of the national project to convert cars to run with natural gas. In this regard, he reviewed efforts to establish natural gas supply stations and convert cars to run with both natural gas and gasoline.
El-Sisi ordered increasing the number of the natural gas supply stations nationwide.
Minister of Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawy, Major General Magdy Anwar, the chairman of the Watanya Company for Roads and Chairman of the Egyptian Company for Mining, Management and Exploitation of Quarries and Salines Major General El-Sayed El-Bous also attended the meeting.
El-Sisi ordered developing the state's efforts to achieve optimal economic utilisation of Egypt's oil and gas resources and guarantee the provision of local energy needs.
He also reviewed state’s efforts to reduce the gap between production and consumption by developing a system to store and distribute petroleum products.