President El Sisi issues directives to spur development of Western regions
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi handed down policy decisions designed to spur investment in the Western Desert and West Delta regions and away from the over-populated Nile basin, Al Ahram reports. El Sisi directed that the cabinet complete plans to redraw the borders of governorates and have the new map ready for the upcoming session of the House of Representatives, which will begin in September. He also ordered that the government complete a roadmap to develop Egypt’s western regions which will include new urban communities, investment zones, and logistics centers. Other key decisions, which came yesterday at the closing ceremony of the Alexandria youth conference, included:
- Establishing an agricultural commodities exchange in Beheira Governorate in one year;
- Setting a deadline of two years to complete the industrial zones of Beheira;
- Ordering the formation of a ministerial committee to complete a strategy to develop the desert regions of Gharbiya Governorate;
- Tendering projects in the 10,000 feddans investment zone in Kafr El Sheikh before the end of the year;
- Ordering a number of development projects for Alexandria, including increasing the city’s built up area by 18,000 feddans and upgrading road and tram networks.
El Sisi also called yesterday on the media to launch a week-long public education campaign focusing on the government’s economic reform program, Al Masry Al Youm reports.