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16 April 2024

Egypt preparing for change: PM

Egyptian Prime Minister Ismail Sherif. (Wam)

By Bindu Rai

Egyptian Prime Minister Ismail Sherif said his country is preparing for changes in all spheres, particularly economic.

Ismail said a programme of parliament will be submitted shortly:

He said: ‪"‎Egypt‬ wants to achieve a growth rate which is comprehensive and felt by citizens.

"The main concerns of Egyptians are general health services and education.

"We want to develop services to provide to those with low incomes, hoping to have positive results within 3 years."

"The government is trying to improve its services by developing e-services to overcome bureaucracy."

"We have an ambitious housing project and are seeking extending sewage network to rural areas to cover 50 per cent of the population," he added.  

Ismail believes that in the coming stage Egypt will witness more participation from the youth in the government.

Ismail said: "The government faces three main problems.

“Internal challenge of extremist groups. Terrorism from borders and economic challenges.

“We now have a parliament that will build democracy

“Now we have to attract investments and achieve growth rates felt by citizens

“Internal situation challenges: "The main concerns of citizens are health services and education.

“In the past, citizens did not have quality level service and it still continues.

“We want to achieve positive results in 3 years.

“We have a project for one million houses for low income groups.

“We cover only 15 per cent village area with sewarage services.

“We have developed a railway system and health insurance to cover governorates.

“We can't achieve this without the private sector.

“There is red tape to get there. Corruption is obstructing  projects and not solving problems of investors. These affect economy of Egypt.

“We seek to improve with e-Government, services to investors and have interaction through electronic portals to overcome bureaucracy

“One authority is now responsible for each industry.

“We are preparing for future with youth. The current parliament has youth. Empowering youth in government is not that apparent. We are working separately with private sector with youth. In government, we are seeking help of youth. In future will have greater participation from youth. The President has a plan for youth in economy.

“Investment in Egypt is planned in electricity projects and gas production. We have tourism, petroleum industries and infrastructure. There is a big diversity that allows investment and we are working to reform the economy.