'Haya Karima' project to develop Egyptian countryside is the biggest in the country’s modern history: Sisi

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Thu, 15 Jul 2021 - 02:57 GMT

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi holds a meeting with businessmen, premier and intelligence chief on Haya Karima project to develop countryside – Presidency

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi holds a meeting with businessmen, premier and intelligence chief on Haya Karima project to develop countryside – Presidency

CAIRO – 15 July 2021: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said the national project to develop the villages of the countryside is the biggest integrated developmental project in the country’s modern historic, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said.

Sisi’s remarks came as he met on Thursday with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, head of the General Intelligence Service Abbas Kamel and a group of Egyptian businessmen participating in the “Haya Karima” initiative that seeks to develop the rural villages.

The meeting comes ahead of a planned conference for the Haya Karima initiative which will be held later on Thursday in the presence of Sisi, the premier, ministers and thousands of citizens representing all categories of the Egyptian people.

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Sisi, during the meeting, said the project comes under the umbrella of Egypt’s Vision 2030 as it aims to develop all aspects of life in the countryside and achieve stability of citizens.

He affirmed the state’s determination to end the stages of the project in the shortest time possible within the framework of an integrated collective effort carried out by state institutions, the private sector, civil society, and development partners.

The President also stressed that these efforts are carried out in line with the state's keenness in building Egyptian citizens and investing in human resources as a momentum of progress towards the future befitting Egypt.

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Sisi, during the meeting, reviewed the targets of the project, which aims to develop 4,584 villages in all governorates, housing 58 percent of the Egyptian population at a cost of LE 700 billion, Radi said.

The project focuses on upgrading the social, health, educational, economic and housing levels as well as all sectors of services provided to those villages.

The project also focuses on eliminating multi-dimensional poverty, investing in the development and building of the Egyptian human, in cooperation and coordination among all state’s institutiosn, in a way that integrates with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Radi added.

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Sisi stressed that the project comes after a pivotal time period that Egypt has gone through since 2014, during which the focus was on adopting structural economic reforms that are considered the most comprehensive and deepest in Egypt’s history.

The president also referenced the need during this period to deal with many chronic economic problems, enabling the state to lay strong foundations for a modern and integrated infrastructure that provided an attractive climate for investment and business within the framework of a comprehensive national development plan.

Sisi said this plan included the launch of a large number of mega projects that provided promising and rewarding opportunities for investment in many productive and service sectors.

This comes after the country’s success in securing its various types of energy needs in order to meet the increasing requirements of the industrial and investment sector, Sisi said.

First conference

Under the auspices of Sisi, the Cairo International Stadium will see on Thursday the launch of the first conference for the national project “Haya Karima” (Decent Life) for the development of the Egyptia countryside’s villages.

A number of public figures, media personnel, businessmen as well as representatives of Egyptian, regional and international institutions will be among the attendees.

This comes to celebrate the launch of the national project “Haya Karima” to develop the countryside.

A popular celebration will be held to celebrate the national project to develop the countryside. The conference’s agenda includes prominent participations to highlight the story of struggle and success “Haya Karima,” including its beginning and what it has achieved so far in various governorates.

The agenda also includes various artistic and humanitarian shows.

“Haya Karima” is a national project to develop the Egyptian countryside. It started as an initiative launched by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on 2 January, 2019.

It was then transformed into a national project early in 2021 with the aim of improving the living conditions and the quality of life for the neediest categories of the rural society nationwide and contributing to advancing the level of daily services provided to citizens.

The “Haya Karima” project seeks to unify the efforts of all the state’s institutions in cooperation with the civil society, the private sector companies and the development partners inside and outside Egypt in the sustainable development field.

The project also aims, through eliminating multi-dimensional poverty, to alleviate the burden shouldered by the citizens, especially the neediest families in the targeted villages and centers totaling 4,658 villages with total investments estimated at LE 700 billion.

This contributes to improving the life of more than half of the Egyptian population through setting an integrated developmental roadmap which its goals and axes are consistent with the sustainable development goals of the United Nations.

This comes through securing a comprehensive array of services and that include decent housing, health, education, culture, infrastructure, clean environment and productive communities to ensure sustainable development in the targeted villages and centers.

The project’s goals are advancing the economic, social and environmental levels of the neediest families in poor villages, empowering them to obtain all primary services, security job opportunities for these communities and maximizing their production capabilities in a way that ensures a decent life for them.

The project also aims at organizing the efforts of the civil society, enhancing the cooperation between civil society and all state institutions and encouraging local communities to participate in building human capabilities and boosting the value of the homeland.

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