Sisi: No raise in train ticket price until complete renovation



Sun, 29 Jul 2018 - 05:27 GMT


Sun, 29 Jul 2018 - 05:27 GMT

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi addresses the attendees at the National Youth Conference at Cairo University on July 29, 2018 – Press photo/Presidency

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi addresses the attendees at the National Youth Conference at Cairo University on July 29, 2018 – Press photo/Presidency

CAIRO - 29 July 2018: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi addressed the problem of Egypt’s railway network during his discussion with university students on 2nd day of National Youth Conference held at Cairo University on Sunday.

“I have rejected the minister of transport’s request to raise the price of railway tickets for citizens,” Sisi stated during his speech to the students and governmental officials at the conference, affirming that the government will not raise the ticket price until the whole railway system is developed and operating the new train wagons.

He also ordered finalizing the state's automation and digital transformation project within a period of two to four years.

“When I see the condition of railway in movies made before 40 years ago, I feel sad; because they looked much better than it looks now,” the president added, vowing to renew the whole railway network, not part of it.

Egypt’s railway has witnessed several accidents in the past 6 years, the latest was earlier today, where a train travelling from

Cairo to Aswan

derailed in front of a Kom Ombo village in northern Aswan governorate.

This is the second train accident in July after the Cairo-Qena train accident, that’s why Transport Minister Hisham Arafat sacked

Railway Authority Chairman Sayed Salem

hours after the accident.

President Sisi confirmed that Egypt will achieve the self-sufficiency in natural gas by the end of 2018, in addition to completing the development of roads network, the 1st phase of the New Administrative Capital and the project of Alamain, vowing that the country will be in a whole new phase on June 30, 2020.

The 6th edition of National Youth Conference (NYC) kicked off Saturday at Cairo University, where Sis met with young students, 3000 attendees, to answer their question, as part of his initiative “Ask the President”.

Choosing Cairo University campus has a significant meaning, as it shows the president’s special care of the youth opinion.

This is the first youth conference for President Sis in his second term in the office, where he will answer up to 600 questions of the youth, and will honor the achievement of number of students and other young alumnus.

The official page of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced starting receiving Egyptian university students’ questions from July 14 to July 24 on, for the “Ask the President” initiative. The president will answer back the questions during the NYC, which will be held at the end of July. The questions that will be selected will offer an opportunity for their askers to attend the conference.

Since the opening of the questions chance, the website was hit by 2M visitors daily. Most of questions were interested in asking about the domestic issues of Egypt on political, social and economic levels, and also asked about the regional situation and changes take place in the Middle East and Africa.

And as the tradition goes, the two-day conference ended up with holding an ad hoc session to receive citizens’ questions and enquiries, so that President Sisi can provide on-the-spot answers to them.

Read the full statements of the President on this link

"Ask the President" covers economy, regional affairs

CAIRO - 29 July 2018: The second and last day of the 6th National Youth Conference (NYC) held at Cairo University kicked off on Sunday. The theme of the event attended by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is human development with a focus on education and healthcare.



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