Egypt’s Ministry of Planning and Economic Development has announced the features of the “Citizen Investment Plan” for North Sinai for fiscal year (FY) 2020/21. The announcement comes as part of its nationwide launch for the second year in a row, to activate community participation and involve citizens in planning and follow-up across the country.
Hala El-Said, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, said that the Egypt-wide roll out of the citizen plan aims to achieve four main objectives. These include: the localisation of sustainable development goals; spreading the culture of programmes and performance; enhancing transparency and accountability; and activating community participation.
El-Said added that the citizen plan includes a detailed presentation of all development indicators and projects that are being implemented in each governorate separately. This will enable the citizen to follow up on the implementation of these projects, whether they are being implemented in his governorate or his city and his village.
The minister said that the funds included in the FY 2020/21 plan for the development of the Sinai Peninsula amount to EGP 6.8bn. The finance will be used to create an economic, social, and security boom, and provide housing services and public facilities for citizens in the North and South Sinai governorates.
On the citizen’s investment plan in the North Sinai Governorate, El-Said explained that the number of development projects in the governorate now stands at 170 projects. The value of public investments directed to the governorate in the FY 2020/21 plan stands at EGP 4.58bn, an increase of 58.5% over the FY 2019/20 plan. It also represents 1.8% of the public investments distributed nationwide, indicating a growth rate of 45.8% in the investments financed by the public treasury and directed to the governorate.
About the sectoral distribution of public investments targeted in North Sinai as part of the FY 2020/21 plan, El-Said said that EGP 1.81bn, or 39.6% of the funds, will be directed to the housing sector and the development of informal settlements. The irrigation sector will receive EGP 565.6m, or 12.4%, in addition to of the electricity sector receiving EGP 400m, or 8.7% of the funds. The local development sector will receive EGP 286.6m, or 6.3%, and the higher education sector will receive EGP 250m, or 5.5%.
Gamil Helmy, Assistant Minister of Planning and Economic Development for Monitoring, said that there are several important development goals in the housing, utilities, and urban communities sector in North Sinai. This includes directing about EGP 646.7m to drinking water and sanitation services, as well as EGP 200m to develop informal areas. A further EGP 66.5m will be directed to the National Social Housing Program.
As for the North Sinai Governorate’s local development targets under the FY 2020/21 plan, Helmy said that it EGP 87.2m will be given to paving of local roads, in addition to directing EGP 142.9m to services to improve the environment and provide for the needs of local units. This comes in addition to directing EGP 55.51 to strengthen the electricity networks in the governorate.
It is worth noting that the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development launched the nationwide “Citizen Plan for FY 20/2021” for the second consecutive year. The plan aims to increase awareness among citizens in order that they get acquainted with the directions of the sustainable development plan adopted by the state.