Issuance of private construction licenses in Egypt suspended for 6 months

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Tue, 26 May 2020 - 12:52 GMT

Single family homes being built by KB Homes are shown under construction in San Diego, California, U.S., April 17, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Single family homes being built by KB Homes are shown under construction in San Diego, California, U.S., April 17, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

CAIRO – 26 May 2020: The Ministry of Local Development suspended for six months the issuance of construction licenses for private buildings in Greater Cairo, Alexandria, capitals of governorates, and main cities.

The suspension includes licenses for modifications in the buildings like adding floors and expansions. The suspension is aimed at ensuring that terms and conditions pertinent to the construction are met.

It is noted that President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi instructed the continuation of mega national projects while taking protective measures against COVID-19. Those mainly include constructions in the 20 planned new cities, public transportation facilities, and roads among others.

In March, President Sisi instructed the postponement of the inauguration of national mega projects that were supposed to take place in 2020 to 2021, including the government’s relocation to the New Administrative Capital and the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM).

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