Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said on Monday that the development of the country is not the responsibility of the government alone, but the people as well.
He also stressed the need to preserve the Egyptian state from sliding into destruction and ruin as “what happened in 2011.”
“The state’s capacity is not in line with its plans to achieve the targeted growth rates,” he said
During his speech at a ceremony launching the National Project for the Development of the Egyptian Family, Al-Sisi added that the state “seeks to change the country’s state of deterioration and build our future.”
He stressed the state’s keenness to respect human rights, which comes at the top of its priorities, noting that the citizen should be aware of the magnitude of the challenges faced by the state.
The president further pointed out that “the citizens who demonstrated in 2011 felt a state of societal dissatisfaction… Even though they did not realise why they felt this way. Citizens viewed the state as an opponent without understanding the real reasons behind the problems that existed at the time.”
He added that the goal of the national family development project is the development of the country, considering that the development of the Egyptian family reflects the state of satisfaction of the citizen, which thus contributes to the development of the state, noting that the population increase hinders the state’s ability to achieve growth.
The project is considered a cornerstone for addressing the overpopulation crisis from a comprehensive perspective that includes health, social, family, economic, and other dimensions. It is being implemented over three years from 2022 to 2024.
Moreover, the president stressed the need to link the labour market with education, noting that there are 700,000 university graduates annually, “which is a worrying matter,” especially since the labour market does not absorb these large numbers of graduates.
Al-Sisi also discussed the need to build more hospitals to serve Egyptian families.