Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said on Saturday that moving to the New Administrative Capital (NAC) "heralds a new era of modern governmental work," according to a statement by the presidency.
The president's remarks came in a meeting where the developments in the executive position of the technological infrastructure of the government district in the NAC were reviewed.
The NAC's governmental district, which is being built on 1.5 million square meters, houses 10 ministerial complexes grouping together 34 ministries in addition to the headquarters of the cabinet and House of Representatives.
The ongoing construction of the district is being conducted by the Armed Forces Engineering Authority in partnership with private and 20 public sector firms, a previous statement by the cabinet said, adding that the project has provided 100,000 job opportunities.
The meeting witnessed the attendance of Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat, Chairman of the Board of Directors at the New Administrative Capital Company Ahmed Zaki Abin, Head of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority Ehab El-Far, and Director of the Information Systems Department of the Armed Forces Yasser Abu Mandour.
During the meeting, Sisi instructed all aspects of the digital and information infrastructure of the NAC's government district along with its performance and readiness before the actual transfer to the new capital, the statement said.
This, Sisi adds, should be done in a way that heralds the start of a new era of modern government work and distinguished services for citizens, while connecting the state's administrative apparatus with the government data circulation networks in a safe, fast and sophisticated manner.
The government was planning to relocate ministries and 52,300 government employees to the new capital by mid-2020, but the coronavirus pandemic forced it to reschedule the move to mid-2021.
The 700 square-kilometre NAC, located 60km from Cairo in the area between the Cairo-Suez and Cairo-Ain Sokhna roads, was launched in 2015 by President El-Sisi. When complete, it will have the capacity to house more than 6.5 million people.
Presidential Spokesperson Bassam Rady revealed that Saturday's meeting also witnessed a review of the executive position of the digital infrastructure and information services in its various axes in the NAC, whether on security or service levels, utility management, or smart government.
Rady added that the updated position of preparation for the transition of government agencies to the NAC was also presented, including the state's main centres for communications and unified data, and the technological facilities for the government district buildings.