FILE - Planning Minister Hala el-Saeed
CAIRO – 10 December 2017: The Planning Minister will launch next month a new mobile application that will present the country’s sustainable development strategy “Egypt Vision 2030”, Planning Minister Hala el-Saeed said Sunday.
The application, which is called “Sharek” or participate, aims to present the strategy to citizens in a simplified way, Saeed said, adding that the ministry is currently working on the strategy’s pillars and that some measures of implementation might be modified as per the economic situation.
Saeed said one of these pillars is legislative reform. This included the issuance of the Civil Service Law, which addresses major issues within the state administrative sector.
The minister added that the government targets 5.3-5.5 percent growth rate during fiscal year 2017/18, saying that growth rates stood at 5.2 percent in the first quarter of this fiscal year.
According to previous statements by the Planning Ministry, the new app should also allow youth to revise and participate in the strategy as per President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi’s directions to offer youth the opportunity to participate in their future’s strategy.
The new app was announced by Saeed during the recent World Youth Forum that took place in the Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh.
Egypt Strategy 2030 was announced by the government in 2015, targeting three main goals: economic development, competitiveness of markets and human capital.
The final draft of the strategy was launched in February 2016, aiming to raise Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth to 12 percent in 2030, up from the current four percent, while reducing the budget deficit to 2.28 percent from 11.5 percent.
Under the strategy, the government will be committed to increasing investment rates, raising the contribution of services to GDP to about seven percent, increasing exports and reducing unemployment rates to about five percent.