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Presidential Activity January 2017

Tuesday، 07 February 2017 - 03:19 PM

In January 2017, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi continued his remarkable activities, which aimed to support balanced relations with all countries that reflected the challenges faced Egypt’s regional and international role.

President's Meetings with officials

January 2:President Abdel Fattah El Sisi stressed the importance of limiting borrowing and implementing projects that are carried out by foreign funding swiftly to maximize the benefit from its revenues, develop the national economy and improve the livelihood of citizens. This remark came during a meeting held between Sisi and International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr where the president was posted about efforts exerted by the ministry to provide the needed funding to support the economic reform process especially expanding the social protection networks and help the needy. During the meeting, Sisi gave directives to pay more attention to fighting poverty and backing the small, medium and micro enterprises for their role in providing job opportunities for youth. He also highlighted the need to focus on programs that aim at empowering women.
January 2:President Abdel Fattah El Sisi ordered to continue efforts to reform public sector companies that failed to gain profits and work on modernizing them in a way that turns them into profitable ones. During his meeting with Business Sector Minister Ashraf el Sharqawi, Sisi reaffirmed the need to implement the reforms plan in order to help the public sector play its vital role in the national economy. Sharqawi reviewed a report on the work progress in the relevant plan.
January 3:President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on asserted the state’s confidence in the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as a main component of society. "The state is keen on providing support for NGOs, which represent a main mechanism to activate the popular participation in development efforts and mobilize the resources necessary for this goal," Sisi said at a meeting with representatives of major NGOs working in several fields in Egypt. The president hailed as "important" the role played by the NGOs in Egypt and their active contributions in efforts aimed at easing the suffering of low-income brackets and the most needy people. "The state is ready to start partnerships with NGOs and carry out joint ventures in various fields," the president said. Sisi called for achieving integration between the work of the NGOs and the efforts exerted by the government. "The priority during the current stage should be given to pushing the development efforts ahead and joining forces to face the current economic and social circumstances," he said. He stressed the state’s keenness on facilitating and supporting the work of NGOs and overcoming challenges that hinder their work.
January 3:President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Housing Minister Moustafa Madbouli to review efforts to establish additional branches of "Nile Schools". The president stressed the need to upgrade all educational buildings across Egypt. He added that Sisi particularly directed that the Housing Ministry establish 25 branches of "Nile Schools" in all governorates, especially Upper Egypt. Sisi expects the schools to be built by the beginning of the next academic year in September. The meeting also took up progress achieved with upgrading the road networks in New Cairo and 6th of October City, with the president pressing for quickly completing the projects to ease congestion in and around the two cities. Sisi and Madbouli also talked about social housing projects in 6th of October City, which, according to the minister, should be completed before June 30.
January 8:President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has stressed the need to continue efforts to control market prices and provide social protection for citizens. In a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail Sunday, Sisi pressed for quick action to update the database system of ration cards to guarantee subsidized products reach those truly in need. The meeting also took up the current economic situation in light of positive international reports and forecast for 2017.The president also called for exerting utmost efforts to quickly complete national projects implemented in cooperation with the private sector and civil society organizations
January 8:President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has ordered quick action to complete power transmission grids and upgrade the efficiency of distribution networks. In a meeting with Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker, Sisi also called for rationalizing consumption. Shaker posted Sisi on progress achieved with the different electricity projects. Work at three power plants in Beni Sweif, the new capital and Borlos is going according to schedule, Shaker assured Sisi.
January 8:President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Finance Minister Amr El Garhy to evaluate the financial performance in the first half of the fiscal year 2016/2017, and the most important forecasts and economic indicators affecting the performance. Sisi ordered the minister to provide the necessary funds for the needs of the various sectors, particularly with regard to social protection networks and programs and supply commodities. The president also ordered to continue implementing a plan developed to improve the work at the Ministry of Finance and all its bodies and departments to upgrade services provided to citizens and develop the state dues collection system.
January 9:President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has praised efforts exerted by the Accountability State Authority (ASA) to follow up the implementation of plans outlined by the different institutions. Egypt pays great attention to fighting all forms of corruption, Sisi said in a meeting with ASA Chairman Hisham Badawy. He stressed the importance of the role played by the ASA in protecting state funds and property, and rationalizing public spending.
January 11:President Abdel Fattah El Sisi urged maintaining efforts for fighting terrorism and uprooting extremism. The remark was made at a meeting with Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi, Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel Ghaffar and Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Lt. General Mahmoud Hegazy along with several army and police commanders. The president started the meeting with asking the participants to observe a minute of silence in mourning of the martyrs of the nation, added the spokesman, noting that the president expressed appreciation for the sacrifices offered by the men of army and police while standing up to terrorism which is targeting the safety and security of the Egyptians. The president asserted that Egypt will never forget the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the homeland.
January 14:President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Central Bank Governor Tarek Amer as well as the ministers of defense, interior, justice and finance. The heads of the General Intelligence and the Administrative Control Authority attended the meeting. The talks tackled the security conditions in the country, especially in Sinai where the Armed Forces and police carry out operations against terrorists. The president hailed efforts exerted by the Armed Forces and police to protect Egypt, voicing appreciation for the great sacrifices they offered. He underlined the importance of being vigilant and on high alert while proceeding with the efforts to tighten the net around terrorists and arrest them.
January 16: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said that drawing up a strategic vision for the investment will maximize investment opportunities with high economic feasibility and provide new jobs. Speaking at the third meeting of the Supreme Council of Investment, President Sisi demanded that Egypt's investment map would include the national projects, the new cities, the Suez Canal Economic Zone and the joint ventures with the private sector. The prime minister, the governor of the Central Bank of Egypt and the ministers of defense, military production, justice, interior, finance and investment were present at the meeting. The meeting took up the progress in carrying out decisions issued by the previous meeting that was held on December 4.
January 19:President Abdel Fattah El Sisi directed all concerned authorities to take required measures to protect the country’s land and sea borders and vital facilities. This came during the president’s meeting with the prime minister, the governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, the ministers of defense, military production, foreign, interior, justice and supply and heads of the general intelligence agency and Administrative Control Authority. The president directed the government to continue its efforts to reduce the budget deficit, take the steps needed as part of economic reforms, expand social programs and provide the main food commodities for the citizens at affordable prices.
January 21:President Abdel Fattah El Sisi reiterated the importance of maximizing Egypt’s benefit from oil and gas resources. During a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Minister of Petroleum Tarek el Mullah, the president asserted need to lure investments as part of a plan to transform the country into a regional center of electric power industry, given its strategic location and capacities. He put emphasis on meeting the local market needs and fulfilling the development plan objectives. Also, the president said the oil sector needs to extend national networks and to improve levels of the operational efficiency to meet the expected consumption. He called for promoting campaigns to rationalize energy consumption.
January 22:The National Defense Council convened on Sunday under President Abdel Fattah El Sisi. The National Defense Council agreed Sunday to extend the participation of Egyptian troops in a combat mission in the Arab Gulf region, the Red Sea and Bab el Mandeb. The mission is meant to defend the Egyptian and Arab national security.
January 23:President Abdel Fattah El Sisi hailed the crucial role of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) in providing the state and the society with sufficient statistics. This came during Sisi's meeting with CAPMAS head Abu Bakr el Gendi. The president also pointed out at the importance of citizens’ cooperation with the CAPMAS in order to collect the data of the General Census of Population within the country’s efforts to reach an overall statistics that will be used in social and economic development planning.

Field Tours

Sisi attends southern navy units’ inauguration

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended on 5/1/2017 a ceremony marking the inauguration of the southern navy units in the Red Sea governorate city of Safaga. President Sisi inspected the Mistral-class helicopter carrier Gamal Abdel Nasser. President Sisi raised Egypt's flag over the landing helicopter vessel as well as one the missile boat R-32 Ahmed Fadel.

Sisi attends inauguration of renovated Safaga port

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended on 5/1/2017 the inauguration ceremony of the renovated Safaga Port. The renovation process cost 520 million pounds to establish a car park that accommodates 30,000 vehicles a year. President Sisi was briefed on the development works at Safaga port through a maquette shown by Transportation Minister Galal Saeed. President Sisi ordered Thursday a rationalization of expenditure of the development and operation of the various projects under construction to ease the burden on the state. He also urged not to burden the government's budget with of costs of excessive workforce. He also directed to set up a technical laboratory inside Safaga port to perform needed examinations for arriving shipments. Meanwhile, the president also directed to establish a petrol station to provide the needs of vehicles and save state resources.

Sisi inaugurates renovated Museum of Islamic Art

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inaugurated on 18/1/2017 the renovated Museum of Islamic Art. Sisi was accompanied by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and the ministers of interior and antiquities Magdy Abdel Ghaffar and Khaled el Anani respectively. A documentary was played on the history of the museum and renovation work. A terrorist attack on Cairo Police headquarters in 2014 had caused huge damage to the nearby museum. The Museum of Islamic Art is considered one of the greatest in the world, with its exceptional collection of rare woodwork and artifacts, as well as metal, ceramic, glass, crystal, and textile objects of all periods and from all over the Islamic world. It houses more than 100,000 objects and its collection includes rare manuscripts of the Qur'an, with some calligraphy written in silver ink.

President Sisi attends Police day ceremony

The ceremony marking the 65th Police Day started on 24/1/2017 with President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attending. Sisi shook hands with members of the supreme police council before entering the celebration hall at the Police Academy. Sisi was given a standing ovation upon entering the hall, then a girl presented a bouquet of flowers to the president. Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar welcomed the president upon arrival. Upon arrival, the president laid down a wreath at the memorial of police martyrs at the academy, then listened to the national anthem.

Sisi on surprise tour in High Dam area

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi embarked on 26/1/2017 on a surprise tour in High Dam area. The president inspected the dam and its safety measures. Engineers and technicians posted the president on the efficiency of the dam and maintenance operations. The president also toured Aswan streets and shook hands with citizens and tourists.

Sisi inspects renovations carried in Kima 1,2 sanitation stations

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inspected on 28/1/2017Kima (1, 2) sanitation stations to stand on the renovations accomplished so far. The visit came in a quick response to a youth who complained about sanitation services in the area. Housing Minister Moustafa Madbouli posted the president on the renovations accomplished so far in Kima (1,2) stations. Sisi said that a strategic decision on tri-treatment of drainage water nationwide was taken. The president further underlined that the state seeks conducting tri-treatment of 10 million cubic meters daily nationwide, adding that the Arab Contractors Company - not a foreign investor - is one in charge of renovating Kima stations. The state aims at solving the problems of the citizens, the president stressed. After finalizing the inspection tour, Sisi shook hands with a number of youths and had a photo opportunity.


2nd monthly youth conference

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi opened on 27/1/2017 the second monthly youth conference in Aswan. The two-day event focused on development issues in Upper Egyptian governorates and the role that could be played by the youth at the political and social levels. The conference also probed ways of overcoming obstacles facing people in Upper Egypt and providing appropriate job opportunities there. Over 1,300 youths from Upper Egyptian governorates participated in the gathering. Eight general sessions were held on the sidelines of the conference, which was attended by a cluster of ministers, heads of parties, MPs, university presidents and governors. The opening session was attended by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Presidential Assistant for National Projects Ibrahim Mahlab, and several other ministers.

President Sisi's reception for States' Presidents

South Sudan President’s visit (January 10, 2017)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received South Sudanese President SalvaKiir Mayardit at Ittihadiyah Palace. Both leaders discussed means of boosting mutual relations between Egypt and South Sudan State and developments in the Nile Basin and African Horn.  Egypt and Sudan have enjoyed intimate and longstanding historical ties, seeing each other as closest allies in the North African region. The two countries are connected by various cultural ties and political aspirations.

Macedonian President’s visit (January 14, 2017)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received President of the Republic of Macedonia GjorgeIvanov who arrived in Cairo to attend an international conference on security and democracy. The meeting took up means of boosting bilateral relations and joint investments. President Sisi highlighted strong relations binding the two countries, pointing out that he eyes closer ties and cooperation in several domains. Sisi also underlined the important role played by the Republic of Macedonia in promoting the values of dialogue and cross culture communication. The two leaders agreed on increasing the benefits of investments in both countries.

Belarus President’s visit (January 15, 2017)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko at Ittihadiyah Palace and affirmed that Egypt is keen on boosting bilateral relations with Belarus at all levels. President Sisi stressed the importance of bolstering cooperation and exchanging experience with Belarus in different fields, especially the development, economic and investment domains to achieve prosperity and progress in the two countries.
During the visit, the two leaders touched on means to cement bilateral ties and cooperation in various domains, including the agricultural industrialization, fish farms, sewage treatment and drinking water.

President's meetings with foreign officials

January 4: During the meeting with Chief Executive Officer of Italian Oil Company Eni Claudio Descalzi, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi hailed Eni’s activity in the country, praising the level of cooperation maintained by the Egyptian government and the “global reputable” Italian company.
January 8: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received personal envoy of the Ghanaian President James Victor Gbeho and affirmed Egypt's keenness on boosting cooperation with Ghana at all levels to achieve mutual goals.
January 10: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received a delegation of the foreign affairs committee of the Dutch parliament and stressed Egypt’s keenness on boosting relations with the Netherlands, especially in the parliamentary domain.President Sisi asserted that the delegation's visit is a chance to get to know the real situation in Egypt and in the region amid joint challenges and threats that affect the Middle East and Europe.
January 11: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received an Irish parliamentary delegation and hailed Egypt’s relations with Ireland. During the meeting, Sisi said the Egyptian people look forward to building a modern civil country that respects democracy and the rule of law and rejects extremist ideologies.
January 14: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said during his meeting with a number of former heads of State and government taking part in a conference on "democratic security in the time of extremism and violence" that countering terrorism is the responsibility of all member States of the international community given that terror is an international threat that targets the security and safety of innocents all over the world without discrimination.
January 21: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received a Canadian parliamentary delegation gathering members of the Senate of Canada and the House of Commons. Sisi affirmed Egypt's keenness on boosting bilateral relations with Canada in the various fields.
January 23: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received president of Paris's Arab World Institute Jack Lang who transferred the message from his French counterpart François Hollande.Sisi asserted Egypt's keenness on presenting a civilized example that is based on respecting the principles of others and ideas even in case of having different opinions, as well consolidating citizenship and non-discrimination on religious, ethnic or sectarian bases.

Foreign Visits

President Sisi’s visit to Addis Ababa to participate in 28th AU Summit (January 29-31, 2017)
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi participated in the opening session of 28th African Summit, while honored former president of the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology Ali Hebeish for his contributions to science, technology and innovations.
President Sisi signed during the 28th ordinary session of the African Union in Addis Ababa the African agreement on combating corruption. The move reflects Egypt's keenness on attaining tangible progress in combating progress and abiding by regional and intentional criteria in this respect.

President’s meetings on the sidelines of summit:

- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Congo-Brazzaville's President Denis Sassou Nguesso and stressed Egypt’s keenness on promoting ties with Congo-Brazzaville in all fields. During the meeting, Sisi hailed the distinguished relations between both sides.
- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi also met with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta and hailed relations binding Egypt and Kenya, affirming Egypt's keenness on boosting joint cooperation at all levels.
- President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met his Zambian counterpart Edgar Lungu and asserted the importance of intensifying coordination and consultation between both countries on African issues in light of their membership of the AU Peace and Security Council.

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