A delegation of American Congressional assistants hailed Egypt’s efforts to implement the “Decent Life” initiative, asserting that it will contribute positively to improving the living conditions of millions of citizens.
The Egyptian Cabinet received on Monday a second delegation of Congressional assistants that is currently visiting Egypt, where they were briefed on the presidential initiative to develop the Egyptian countryside.
First Assistant to the Prime Minister Randa Al-Minshawy reviewed the development interventions and infrastructure projects aiming to improve the standards of living for about 60 million citizens in rural Egypt.
She also represented the initiative’s projects, including establishing sanitation services, improving housing conditions, as well as upgrading the level of health services provided to villagers.
In this regard, she said that Egypt has provided modern ambulances and mobile clinics in rural areas.
She confirmed that this huge project cost Egypt more than EGP 700bn and will improve the life of about 60% of Egypt’s people.
The Cabinet Spokesperson Nader Saad asserted that this initiative is very unique as it covers all developmental aspects needed by the Egyptian countryside, including investment in human capital through education as well as developing infrastructure in rural areas.
He said that the initiative also aims to provide job opportunities within local communities as well as provide trainings for residents in order to achieve sustainable development.
Furthermore, he said that one of the distinguishing aspects of this initiative also lies in the fact that it is fully implemented by private sector companies in addition to the distinguished participation of civil society organisations.
In response to a query regarding the targeting criteria that is being applied in the initiative, Al-Minshawy explained that she was guided by the accurate statistics provided by the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) on poverty rates, the distribution of services in the neediest areas, in addition to the exploratory visits that were implemented to identify the priorities of the needs of the villages’ inhabitants.