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President El-Sisi attends the National Conference for Youth in Borg Al-Arab, Alexandria

Wednesday، 14 June 2023 - 12:00 AM

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi witnessed, on Wednesday 14th of June, 2023, the activities of the National Youth Conference currently being held in Borg Al-Arab, Alexandria.

The conference is considered as a dialogue platform between the state, its various institutions and Egyptian youth who are willing to build a better future through a national vision, scientific planning and constructive dialogue.

The forum is attended by a number of youths that reflect all walks of life from universities, sports, intellectuals, media, parties and the parliament.


Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli delivered an opening speech at the National Conference for Youth, asserting that all national projects, implemented by the state, aim at achieving a decent life for the Egyptian citizens.

He noted that Egyptian citizens have the right to enjoy a better quality of life and clean and healthy environment that enables them to work and produce.

He noted that President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi had inaugurated and inspected a number of national projects in Alexandria and Beheira governorates in the past two days, noting that this comes within Sisi’s tours nationwide to follow up the action and achievements taking place on the ground.

Madbouli said that national projects are implemented with the sole purpose of improving people's lives, stressing that it is people's right to enjoy a better life and a clean environment.

The prime minister added that population density is one of Alexandria's key challenges, noting that the governorate does not have the capacity to accommodate the population increase and that it needs to generate hundreds of thousands of job opportunities in the coming period.

Madbouli pointed out that 47 percent of Alexandria's population reside in unplanned areas due to the lack of a desert hinterland while the governorate expanded vertically.

However, the country has put a strategic plan to improve Alexandria till 2032, Madbouly affirmed, adding that there are also plans for Beheira governorate. 

“The total investments in Alexandria and Beheira governorates since 2014 have exceeded EGP 812 billion,” Madbouly stated.

He added that the country has worked on providing educational, healthcare, and social protection services in the two governorates.

The number of classrooms has increased by 21 percent in Alexandria and 18.5 percent in Beheira, Madbouly said, pointing out that there is a significant leap in technical education which increased to 57 percent in Alexandria and 51 percent in Beheira. 

The premier revealed that EGP 40 billion have been invested in the development of Alexandria and Damanhour universities, in addition to the establishment of the Egyptian-Japanese University, Borg El-Arab Technological University, Alexandria Private University, and several educational hospitals.

Madbouly stated that Egypt has invested EGP 14 billion in industrial development in both Alexandria and Beheira governorates.

He explained that these projects provide thousands of job opportunities for the citizens of both governorates.

Madbouly highlighted Egypt’s most important project currently being built which is the New Delta project, with the aim of reclaiming and cultivating 2.2 million feddans — nearly a quarter of Egypt’s agricultural land — with reused water.

This project marks the largest-ever agricultural project in Egypt, the prime minister stated.

Madbouly said 19 unsafe slum areas have been eliminated and replaced with 132,000 housing units at the cost of EGP 173 billion. 

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi opened via videoconference a number of national projects in the governorates of Beheira and Alexandria. These included Kom Hamada Specialised Hospital, built on the area of 3100 square metres at a total cost of LE450 million.

The president also opened the marrow transplant unit at Al Mawasa Teaching Hospital in Alexandria, and the tunnel and bridges project at Sadat intersection and the Sadat tunnel under the Alexandria Corniche.

The president also highlighted the importance of the housing projects the state is carrying out, to dissolve ‘chronic problems”, noting that there are 300,000 to 400,000 housing units in Alexandria that are unfit for habitation. The cost of alternative 300,000 is estimated at LE150 billion.

The president also reviewed several road and traffic axes carried out in the Mediterranean city. He slammed criticism to the state for its keenness on developing the road networks nationwide, saying this is being implemented in line with planning by specialists and experts.

President El-Sisi said that building and reforming states is not an easy task, adding that the amount of work needed in the country is enormous, and requires working round the clock, for decades, tirelessly, and with huge funds. He underscored the need to reform the past, and then build a new one.

He assured Egyptians that their country is on the right track, revealing that work would start by the end of next year on the cultivation of 2.5 million feddans that are considered extension of the governorate of Beheira.

Referring to the New Administrative Capital (NAC), President El-Sisi said it is a mega project that comprises several distinctive landmarks, such as the Iconic Tower, the City of Arts and Culture, with the largest opera house in the Middle East, and the Capital Library, which hosts more than 70,000 printed books, in addition to the Egypt’s Capitals Museum (ECM).

On the state’s hard effort in the health sector, the president said that the initiative to eliminate waiting lists of critical surgeries hasn’t only helped provide medical treatment to people, but also contributed to doctors’ training through rising amount of work over a period of four years.

Meanwhile, President El-Sisi referred to the need of $80 billion to $90 billion to meet the demand on the foreign currency in Egypt, urging businessmen and investors to help bridge the dollar gap.

He also stressed the need to reduce the imports bill and increase exports to refresh the local economy. President Sisi confirmed that the state can only progress by controlling the greenback.

The president said that there is a list of 150 production supplies that provide $25 to $30 billion, explaining that when these supplies are pumped into the industry, the gross domestic product (GDP) will increase.

President El-Sisi stressed the flexibility of the exchange rate in Egypt, ‘but if the issue conflicts with national security, and comes at the expense of the Egyptian people’s lives, this is impermissible’.

President El-Sisi declared that with regard to development, the government spent LE150 billion on Decent Life initiative, and the total will hit LE1 trillion when finished, adding that the universities introduced over the past few years coupled with ones that previously existed would fulfill demand on higher education until 2050.

President El-Sisi underscored: “We’re currently focusing on the manufacturing sector to serve four main purposes that are creating jobs, raising GDP, cutting imports, and boosting exports, and in turn, inflow of hard currency.”

President El-Sisi went on to say that no one can accomplish something on their own, and that joint work is crucial to achieving success. “Look at you on the level of small communities, when someone goes through a crisis, with the help of all of you, they overcome it.”

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi thanked all those who contributed to the projects and activities of the Alexandria and Beheira governorates.

Dialogue Session

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi watched a documentary titled "The Journey" on the fringe of the National Youth Conference, ahead of the beginning of a dialogue session.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi witnessed a dialogue session, as part of proceedings of the National Youth Conference (NYC) in Alexandria. 

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi asserted that the purpose of the national dialogue is to review viewpoints aiming at achieving the nation’s interest. 

President El-Sisi said the pricing of most of the products in Egypt is directly linked to the dollar exchange rate, adding that the country has not yet reached self-sufficiency in all commodities. 

President El-Sisi said: "We are in need of dlrs 80-90 billion in order to meet local demand for foreign currency," urging businessmen, and all Egyptians to work for reducing the dollar gap.

El-Sisi added: "Our problem is that we seek perfection in almost everything, and that's impossible," noting that "the National Dialogue is just a mere step, not the end of the road." 

El-Sisi explained that "The State needs dlrs 2 trillion annually to secure basic services for citizens," adding that, "elementary education only needs more than EGP 400-500 billion to meet the needs of around 25 million students.”

President El-Sisi welcomed proposals of MP Abdel Moneim el Emam, president of the Labor Party, during the dialogue's sessions, urging him to cooperate with the State. He also commended the Egyptian people for their forbearance.

After that, singing performances were presented by the talents of the Dome Program, the University Youth Choir, and the Anfushi Culture Palace Choir.

President El-Sisi also honored a number of successful and inspiring examples from the people of Alexandria.

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