The Egyptian committee to support irregular workers has decided to disburse on 7 March the final tranche of the monthly presidential aid to irregular workers who have registered for assistance, Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Said announced.
The decision was made during a committee meeting held on Monday and headed by Minister El-Said.
The meeting was attended by officials from the ministries of manpower and social solidarity, as well as the head of the National Council for Women, the president of the Egyptian Postal Authority, and the director of the Cabinet’s Information and Decision Support Center.
The meeting touched upon the results of data analysis on the geographical distribution of beneficiaries and exchange rates from the Agricultural Bank of Egypt (ABE).
The meeting also reviewed the effectiveness of using electronic wallets on mobile phones to disburse the last tranche of the aid.
The committee seeks to implement the directives of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to support non-regular workers, El-Said stated.
She added that coordination is taking place with all partner agencies and ministries to facilitate the disbursement from the Egyptian postal service, ABE branches, and electronic wallets on mobile phones.
El-Said added that the date of exchange was chosen according to several aspects, the most important of which is coordination with exchange authorities.
“This would ensure that no crowding takes place and that the exchange is conducted in accordance with precautionary measures and other requirements to the curb spread of the coronavirus,” according to the minister.
More than EGP 5.3 billion has been disbursed to irregular workers since the onset of the pandemic in March, Minister of Finance Mohamed Maait revealed on Sunday.
President El-Sisi instructed the government in March to disburse EGP 500 in monthly financial aid – initially for six months and then extended for another six months – to irregular workers who have registered with the Ministry of Manpower.