Trade Minister Tarek Kabil during his visit to Al-Robeky city for leather tanneries on January 27, 2018 - Press photo
CAIRO – 27 January 2018: The allocation of the last production units of the first phase of Al-Robeky city for leather tanneries will be completed next month, Trade Minister Tarek Kabil said Saturday.
The first phase contains 82 factories, with 322 production units, Kabil said, adding that some 70 small tanneries are being relocated from Magra El-Oyoun in old Cairo to the new city.
This came during Kabil’s visit to the city, in which he inspected a number of new factories as well as construction works, a statement from the ministry said.
Kabil said that the city has now 25 operating factories that cover all activities of leather tannery, and that another 25 new factories will be added to production by the end of February.
On the relocation process, Kabil said that transferring tanneries from Magra El-Oyoun to the new city will be completed soon, adding that the ministry is providing full support to complete the relocation process.
The minister further said that infrastructure works of the second phase of Al-Robeky city, which spans on an area of 135,000 square meters, is currently underway and will be completed by April.
The city aims at brining all leather tanneries, currently in Magra El-Oyoun, in one place to become an integrated city for leather. The state will bear the cost of transferring tanneries.
In 2014, former interim President Adly Mansour approved the allocation of 389.6 acres in eastern Cairo for the benefit of the Ministry of Industry for an industrial zone for leather tanneries.
Then in 2015, the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) allotted LE 330 million of its annual budget for the Al-Robeky project.