Sisi orders accelerating development of Sharm El-Sheikh ahead of COP27

Ahram Online , MENA , Saturday 6 Nov 2021

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has instructed the government to finalize all development works in the Red Sea city of Sharm El-Sheikh which will host the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in 2022, the prime minister said Saturday.

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi at the presidential palace in Cairo, Monday, Oct. 27, 2014. AP

The president said the city's roads, axes and service projects should be at the highest level of efficiency and quality, Premier Moustafa Madbouly told a meeting with senior tourism officials to discuss preparations for the global event.

The meeting was attended by Tourism and Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Anani, Local Development Minister Mahmoud Shaarawy, and Housing Minister Assem El-Gazzar, in addition to South Sinai Governor Khaled Fouda and a number of tourism officials.

Madbouly stressed that public transportation in Sharm El-Sheikh should be eco-friendly, and called for accelerating the conversion of public transport vehicles to operate with natural gas instead of diesel oil.

Addressing the COP26, which was held in Glasgow last week, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi stressed the need for equity in international responsibility to combat global warming.

El-Sisi urged the developed countries to fulfill their pledge to provide $100 billion annually to developing countries to address the effects of climate change.

Egypt is growing more concerned about the global warming, which risks losing 12 to 15 percent of the total area of the Nile Delta as a result of an expected rise in the Mediterranean Sea’s water level and the intrusion of saline water.

Global warming has also led to longer heat waves that are having a disturbing impact on the country’s food crops and water supply.

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