04 February 2023 11:53 AM

President El-Sisi Inaugurates the Field Marshal Fouad Abu Zekri Axis in Alexandria

Monday، 05 December 2022 - 12:00 AM

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi inaugurated, on Monday morning 5/12/2022, the Admiral Fouad Abu Zekri Axis (formerly known as El Tameer Axis) in Alexandria, which extends 35 km from its intersection with Cairo/Alex desert road till Sidi Krir / Borg El Arab Road, with 9 traffic lanes in each direction.

The new axis is a huge paradigm shift that would open up new development prospects for west Alexandria. It would also connect Port of El-Dekheila with the Desert Road, the International Coastal Road and Borg El-Arab city.

It is also a vital pillar of development, as it connects Alexandria with New Alamein City via the Coastal Road.

Al-Tameer axis is also a part of the network of roads and axes the State is constructing nationwide, which are no longer limited to easing traffic congestion; they now pave the way for planned urbanization. They also support efforts to promote economic and trade revenues, provide job opportunities, and link national projects to each other, thus reflecting a comprehensive vision toward building, reconstruction and development.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and a galaxy of senior state officials welcomed El-Sisi upon his arrival at the inauguration venue in Alexandria.

The inauguration ceremony started with reciting verses of the holy Quran.

Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El Saeed said the world has been facing several crises and successive shocks over the past few years which led to disruption in the supply chain and prices hikes since the end of 2021.

She said that the developed countries offered around dlrs 16 trillion incentives to face lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic.

She pointed out that the recent years witnessed several crises and shocks that led to instability in the supply chains and increase in the prices since the end of 2021.

She also said that the successive crises affected all the countries of the world including Egypt, adding that the crises started with closures of Covid 19 that was followed by the Russian-Ukrainian crisis.

She explained that when the pandemic started, it caused a full lockdown in a number of countries, and when the Russian-Ukrainian crisis started, it led to instability in the supply chains and severe shortage in commodities.

Saeed said that 53% of the world exports of sunflower seeds are from Ukraine, 14% of the world exports of wheat are from Russia and Ukraine and 17% of the world production of gas is from Russia and Ukraine.

Saeed said that the US, China and Europe are main players in the global economy as they represent 50% of the world production, adding that according to the expectations the global growth rates will decrease and will not exceed 2.7%.

She asserted that the whole world is expected to enter a state of stagnation.

Saeed asserted that Egypt has taken several steps to face the crises and reduce their impact on the citizens.

She added that there are three important indexes to put the economic policy of the state including achieving sustainable economic growth, suitable levels of employment and stability in the general level of prices.

She noted that Egypt achieved big balance in the total economic policy indexes, adding that the average growth rate in 2021 reached 7.1%, the employment rate reached7.4% and the average inflation rate reached 5.2%.

She highlighted that there are medium and long-term plans to improve the Egyptian economy.

Saeed said that the Egyptian government has taken a number of measures to rationalize its expenses, adding that the state pumped some goods at reduced prices in the markets to reduce the impact of high prices.

She said that the medium-term plans help the state to face the crises.

Saeed added that the plans include achieving social justice via providing services in the different areas of the country including schools, hospitals and health units.

She also said the sectors targeted in the structural reform plan include localizing industry, increasing the productivity of the sector of information technology and achieving food and water security.

Saeed asserted that the private sector is a main partner in the development process, pointing out to the measures taken by the state to promote its role including the approval of the cabinet on the document of organization of state property, amending the partnership law with the private sector and activating some articles of the investment law related to the golden license.

She said that the state worked on increasing the employment opportunities and handling the gap between the outcome of the educational process and the needs of the work market.

She said Egypt is keen on continuing the program of social protection in spite of all the challenges faced in the world, adding that the state worked on increasing the investments in the fields of health and education.

She underlined that the Egyptian economy will achieve 5% growth rate by the end of 2022, noting that the growth rate represents the level of production and employment in the different sectors whether agriculture, information technology and tourism.

Commenting on the word of Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El Saeed, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said that with some one million youth seeking work opportunities every year, Egypt is facing a two-sided problem since it has to not only secure jobs, but also guarantee minimum wages to the new workforce.

El-Sisi said: “We are required to secure at least three million job opportunities in three years (2022-2025),” adding that the minimum wage should also be observed.

He urged Egyptian families to focus on such huge figures and think how the State could possibly create jobs for their sons and daughters within the coming three years.

He also said: “One million jobs! That’s not a simple figure and no country in the world, at least not Egypt, can provide it annually.”

The president added this won’t stop in 2025, but will rather continue through 2030, wondering if Egypt could possibly secure jobs for eight million citizens in eight years.

El-Sisi dismissed claims that the government is only concerned with building roads and bridges, noting this does not mean that the agriculture sector, for instance, is not given due attention.

He talked about plans to plant 250,000 feddans with wheat, noting that the goal is to increase the wheat cultivated lot in Egypt to 400,000 feddans this year and one million feddans next year.

The president said It is possible to increase the wheat cultivated lots in the New Delta, Toshka and East Owainat, noting that this means an increase to one million feddans that would produce between 2.5 and 3 million tons of wheat.

The president stressed the Egyptian government is working to upgrade all sectors, whether the communications, education, health, industry or agriculture.

He urged the media to shed light on achievements of the different sectors, saying: “All the data is available on the websites of the Cabinet and the different ministries, or the website of the presidency.”

Then a documentary film was screened to highlight the huge leap achieved in Egypt's transport sector in view of the great interest the political leadership has been attaching to such vital sector and as part of the state's comprehensive development plan across the nation, which complies with the state's comprehensive development strategy for 2030 with the objective of achieving a great economic growth and urban flourishing.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said that the government was keen not to let citizens bear the burden of the increased import bills of those commodities.

The president underscored efforts exerted by the State to prevent further increase in prices despite global hikes.

El-Sisi also touched upon an increase in the minimum wage given to civil servants, noting, however, that he cannot possibly force the private sector to follow suit, especially in light of the current problems with supply chains and imported production inputs.

Talking about gas prices, the president said the government acted to guarantee only a little increase was added even though the real price abroad exceeded 170 percent on its previous price. 

Transport Minister Kamel Al Wazir said the Mediterranean city has the biggest commercial port in Egypt and more than 50 percent of the foreign trade movement, a matter that caused many complicated traffic challenges as a result of the lack traffic outlets across the city.

He said the ministry has drawn up comprehensive plans depending on the development of axis, roads and bridges as well as railway and maritime movements.

The minister pointed out to the expansion of the Cairo-Alexandria Road at a length of 220 kilometers and establishment of bridges to facilitate traffic movement and reduce number of road accidents.

The minister said that Noubaria axis was established at a length of 207 kilometers to serve the major urban and economic growth near Alexandria, the Northern Coast and the New Delta.

He said the eastern Omar Soliman axis was established at a length of 25 kilometers while western one, which includes six lanes, was established at the length of 20 kilometers, to meet Al Noubaria axis with the aim of facilitating the movement of goods.

The minister added that the first phase of Al Mahmoudia axis was established the length of 22 kilometers, pointing out three other axes will be established to serve the Mediterranean city. 

Commenting on the word of Transport Minister Kamel El Wazir President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi reiterated the need for preventing any transgression on roads, traffic axes and farmlands.

El-Sisi asked governors to prevent any transgression on canals or roads, adding that aggression on Cairo/Alexandria agricultural road (that had been implemented in 1859) impeded the State's plans to expand the road to become ten lanes.

El-Sisi explained that the State has chosen to expand Cairo/Alexandria desert road to ease traffic on the agricultural road in addition to upgrading Al Nubariya road, lies along Cairo/ Alexandria desert road, to give a chance for Delta residents to have easy traffic, asserting the importance of protecting Al Nubariya Canal bridge.

El-Sisi warned officials and citizens against the risks and high cost of aggression on roads, noting that such huge funds are belonging to Egypt and Egyptians and the government could spend up to EGP 6 billion instead of 2 billion to fix any damage.

El-Sisi noted that the volume of transgression on Al Mahmoudiya Axis in Alexandria cost the state EGP 700 million in compensations to remove more than 2,000 violating housing units.

El-Sisi went on to say that without such violations and aggression on state land, Al Mahmoudiya Axis would have been established two years ago.

El-Sisi asserted that the State has been exerting its utmost efforts to set up an integrated network of roads that serve around 100 million population over the coming ten years.

He pointed out that the road network before he assumed office was only fit to serve around 20 to 30 million people and it would never serve the development needs or the traffic movement.

Afterwards, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi witnessed the inauguration of several national projects in Alexandria governorate via video conference.

The inaugurated projects included Misr Train Station in Alexandria after its renovation and a project to upgrade the railway signal system on the Cairo/Alexandria railway line.

He also inaugurated the 3rd phase of Bashayer Al Khair project in Ghait El Enab district in Alexandria. 

This is in addition to Al Amiriya Bridge connected to Cairo/Alexandria desert road.

Director of the Armed Forces major projects department Major General Ahmed El Azzazy said that the inauguration of Admiral Fouad Abu Zikry Axis puts the west of Alexandria on the comprehensive sustainable development plan.

He said the first phase of the axis includes 18 industrial works ensuring the construction of concrete bridges at length of 18 kilometers while the second phase includes the implementation of 14 industrial works ensuring the construction of concrete bridges at the length of 14 kilometers.

President El-Sisi commented, asserting that the state is taking into consideration preserving national wealth while carrying out new projects in roads or other fields.

He said that all road projects should skip agricultural lands and housing units to protect farmlands and real estate along with properties of citizens being part of the national wealth, affirming that no roads can be constructed on agricultural lands.

The president said that the state is planning to meet the requirements of citizens in accordance with population growth rates and acting to change life of citizens for better especially in unplanned areas.

President El-Sisi ordered the establishment of a fund for maintenance in housing projects in order to ensure upgrading and overhaling housing apartments that serve large segments in society.

He also urged the interior minister to set up permanently located police checkpoints in these areas to provide protection and security for its residents.

President El-Sisi asserted keenness of the state to render all projects a success, pointing out to the implementation of Masraf city project in New Amreya.

He added that the project is mainly contributing to making it easy for the movement of people in Alexandria, pointing out that Alexandria has approximately 140,000 housing units and the program is still continuing to reach 200,000 apartments.

President El-Sisi asserted the state is planning to fulfil new projects, taking into consideration its national wealth, saying: "That is a very important point."

El-Sisi said it is possible to backfill a lake and carry out a project whatever the cost, but we cannot demolish high housing apartments to construct a single road in Alexandria.

President El-Sisi called for establishing a fund for the maintenance in housing units to be run in coordination and cooperation with governorates and NGOs.

He urged the ministries of culture, youth, solidarity and interior as well as the Armed Forces and civil society to contribute to develop these communities and offer quality services.

He stressed that the state is playing an important role not only in providing decent housing, but also in providing the different services

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi honored Dr. Abdel Salam Salem, Professor at the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, and the consultant, who supervised the implementation of Al-Tameer (Abu Zekri) Axis, in appreciation of his great efforts in the service of the country.

Speaking during the inauguration of the “Abu Zekri Axis”, Laila Fouad, the daughter of late Lt. Gen. Fouad Abu Zekri thanked President Abdel Fattah El Sisi for naming the Axis after her father.

Laila Fouad said she is very grateful for that honor, which comes 50 years after the October War, in which her father was one of the leaders.

El-Sisi said it is such a “modest” honoring for one of the heroes of Egypt who served during the most difficult times of its modern history.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi posed for a photo with a number of ministers, Armed Forces men and supervisors in charge of Abou Zikry Axis.

El Sisi also posed for a memorial photo with construction workers, who participated in the implementation of Al-Tameer (Abu Zekri) axis.

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