Starting fresh in NAC

Tuesday 9 Mar 2021

Starting fresh in NAC
Starting fresh in NAC

PRESIDENT Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi said the inauguration of the New Administrative Capital (NAC) and the relocation of the government’s headquarters to the mega-city “would be like declaring a new republic”. The president was speaking during the Martyr Day Symposium in Cairo on Tuesday.

The administrative capital, located east of Cairo, is one of the mega-projects spearheaded by Al-Sisi to spur growth and create job opportunities. It has residential areas that can accommodate 6.5 million people and thus relieve congestion in Cairo. It includes government and business districts, a giant park and a diplomatic quarter.

A day earlier, Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli told the cabinet that the new capital is expected to be officially inaugurated by the end of this year. Government services there are set to start operating on an experimental basis in August.

The inauguration of the new capital was scheduled in 2020 but was delayed because of the spread of the coronavirus.

The new capital is part of a broader plan to upgrade the infrastructure of the country as well as improve life in rural Egypt. “We seek to change the lives of Egyptians for the better through the ‘Decent Life’ initiative to develop rural villages,” Al-Sisi added, stressing the importance of preserving agricultural areas.

*A version of this article appears in print in the 11 March, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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