“We will inevitably overcome this transition phase that all great post-revolution nations undergo, and that Egypt is going through now,” said President Mohamed Morsi on Saturday evening.
Morsi addressed a group of engineers in celebration of Egyptian Engineers’ Day at Al-Azhar Conference Centre.
During his speech the president praised the work of the country’s engineers, urging them to take an active role in Egypt’s ongoing transition. Morsi, an engineer by profession, said he felt a great deal of national responsibility that should be shared by all engineers to help construct a new Egypt.
“Your role in driving the change and reconstruction of Egypt after the revolution is large and influential,” said the president at the event hosted by the Egyptian Engineering Association. Morsi also stressed that he hoped that the country would capitalise on its recent increase in engineers to improve construction and energy development. He added that with more than 75 fields in engineering, the syndicate was set to provide important contributions.
“I invite the engineers of Egypt, through their syndicate, to focus on a number of important issues, particularly different kinds of energy, the development of slums, transport (especially river transport), and roads,” he said.
Before and during the event, some engineers demonstrated against the president outside the conference centre. The Al-Dostour Party, Al-Tayar Al-Shaaby, and some other groups participated in the protest.