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Egypt's PM to deliver statement on gov't policy programme before parliament Monday

Other cabinet ministers will also deliver statements on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

Gamal Essam El-Din , Sunday 17 Jan 2021
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Informed parliamentary sources announced on Sunday that Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly will visit parliament on Monday to deliver a statement on the implementation of his government's two-year old "Egypt Kicks Off" programme.

Informed sources said Madbouly's visit comes after Parliament Speaker Hanafi Gibali announced on Sunday that the house decided to summon Madbouli and other cabinet ministers to deliver statements and answer questions on the implementation of the so-called "Egypt Kicks Off" programme.

Sources said that the Ministers of Local Development, and Supply and Internal Trade, Mahmoud Shaarawi and Ali Al-Moselhi respectively, will also make an appearance on Monday to deliver statements on the implementation of the programme.

On Tuesday, Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar and Minister of Information Osama Heikal will also come to explain the role of their ministries in implementing the "Egypt Kicks Off" programme.

On Wednesday, Minister of Education Tarek Shawki and Minister of International Cooperation Rania El-Mashat will also deliver statements.

On Thursday, Minister of Youth and Sports Ashraf Sobhi and Minister of Public Enterprise Hesham Tawfik will deliver statements.

Speaker Gibali indicated that all cabinet ministers will come to parliament to outline the role of their ministries in implementing the "Egypt Kicks Off" programme. "Two cabinet ministers will come per day to deliver statements on the programme," said Gibali.

Gibali recalled on Sunday, that in July 2018 the government of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly delivered its policy statement before parliament, vowing to implement the "Egypt Kicks Off" programme.

"This programme opened the doors for the government to win the confidence of parliament, but after two years, the parliament's general committee noted that the implementation of the programme fell short of expectations and is full of shortcomings and negative points," said Gibali.

Gibali also indicated that the summoning of the prime minister goes in line with Article 136 of the constitution, as well as articles 26 and 27 of the parliament's internal bylaws.

"In its review of the Egypt Kicks Off programme between July 2018 and June 2020 and how much the government is committed to implementing it, the committee noted that there are many shortcomings and negative points, and so it recommends that the prime minister and other concerned cabinet ministers be summoned to attend a number of sessions to answer questions on the progress of the implementation of the programme," the parliament's general committee said.

In July 2018, one month after the cabinet’s appointment, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly delivered the 'Egypt Kicks Off' programme before parliament.

Madbouly vowed at the time that the government would reinforce Egypt's national security, implement intensive social protection programmes, boost economic development, raise productivity rates, and improve the standard of living of poor citizens.

Madbouly said "we will create a job for every poor citizen as long as he is able to work, but if he is living below the poverty line and it's hard for him to work, we will do our best to take care of him."

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