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President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has stressed the need to upgrade the transport sector, which plays a pivotal role in the country’s economic development and growth.

At a meeting with Prime Minister Dr Mustafa Madbouli and Transport Minister Hisham Arafat Tuesday, President Sisi called for expediting the implementation of transport system and infrastructure projects and urged the upgrading of road safety systems, so as to reduce the number of road accidents.

Confirming that the transport sector was of central importance in view of its direct influence on the lives of people, President Sisi highlighted the need for sustained efforts to upgrade all the transport services that are provided to citizens, Presidency Spokesman Ambassador Bassam Radi said in his round-up of the meeting.

The President noted that the transport sector was an important pillar of support for the economic potential of the nation, Ambassador Radi said.

During the meeting, President Sisi reviewed the government’s plans for upgrading the transport sector and ways of applying the latest technologies to improve road safety nationwide.

“It is important to improve the transport sector because it has the capacity to strengthen the national economy,” said President Sisi, who held a separate meeting with the newly appointed Minister of Defence General Mohamed Zaki.

After reviewing the relevant government plans, President Sisi instructed Prime Minister Madbouli and Minister Arafat to initiate whatever measures they deemed necessary for improving transport, especially given its capacity to contribute to achieving economic development and attracting investment, Spokesman Radi said.

The President confirmed the importance of initiating action to set up integrated networks of roads to connect the new industrial zones to the country’s seaports.

In his presentation, Minister Arafat said that his ministry had started a plan for developing the railway system and improving its services nationwide.

The plan included using modern technologies, developing level crossings, renovating the rolling stock, buying modern locomotives and overhauling the existing ones, Minister Arafat told the President, according to Ambassador Radi.


CAIRO, June 19, 2018 (MENA) - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Tuesday received Minister of Defense and Military Production and Armed Forces Commander-in-Chief Lt. General Mohamed Zaki, said Presidential Spokesman Bassam Radi.

By the Gazette Editorial Board

The new government that took the oath of office before President Sisi last week is not just a group of ministers replacing their predecessors but rather a reflection of a fresh orientation in the management of state policy.

Underlying this observation are three characteristics that distinguish the inception and formation of Dr Moustafa Madbouli’s government.

In the foremost, it is the first government to embark on its executive duties through a process of transition rather than assuming the responsibilities immediately after taking the oath of office and becoming constitutionally competent to exercise its duties.

In directives to the government ministers when he conferred with them following the swearing-in function, President Sisi called for coordination with their outgoing counterparts in the hand-over of responsibilities, so that the assumption of actual duties be smooth, gradual and based upon knowledge of the circumstances and ongoing plans of action in each ministry.

Such directives help relieve the new ministers of the burden of having to identify the ongoing departmental tasks in action - a practice which might take some time. It is indeed an advantage for the ministers themselves as well as for the modalities of ministry-level functioning.

Secondly, Dr Madbouli’s government includes, also for the first time, 14 deputy ministers - a structural advantage which certainly ensures the sustainability of the overall functioning of each ministry and the availability of an increasing number of decision-making cadres.

This structural advantage would be more clearly felt in cases when ministers are on out-of-station duties, paying field visits to service and production sites or while following up the progress of works for the many developmental ventures now being implemented across the country.

In the case of the Housing Ministry, the portfolio of which is held by Prime Minister Madbouli himself, two deputies to the minister have been appointed; and one of them has been specifically designated to follow up the implementation of the ministry’s chain of national housing projects.

Thirdly, in a move that strongly reflects the state policy of pushing forward human and socio-economic development, as many as 8 women have been appointed as cabinet ministers and 4 others have been selected as deputy ministers.

A reading of the formation of the new government shows that female ministers are assigned such key portfolios as planning and administrative reform, international co-operation and investment, health, culture, social solidarity, tourism, environment and migration and expatriate affairs.

In itself, the move is a solid proof of the large extent that the Egyptian society has reached in the political, legislative and social empowerment of women.

And it is definitely the advanced stage of woman empowerment in Egypt that has made it possible for the state to forward this noticeably large number of women as government ministers and deputy ministers.

CAIRO, June 14 (MENA) - A new Egyptian government led by Moustafa Madbouli was sworn in Thursday before President Abdel Fattah El Sisi.

The new government succeeds the Sherif Ismail-led government.

Following is the list of the new government lineup:

- Defense and Military Production Minister Mohamed Ahmed Zaki.

- Awqaf Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa.

- Electricity Minister Mohamed Ahmed Shaker

- Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Tareq Ahmed Abdel Qader el Molla.

- Minister of Immigration and Expatriate Affairs Nabila Makram Abdel Shaheed Wasif.

- Justice Minister Mohamed Hossam Ahmed Ali Abdel Rehim.

- Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel A'ti Sayyed Mohamed.

- Antiquities Minister Khalid el Anani.

- Minister of Social Solidarity Ghada Fatahy Ismail Waly.

- Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry.

- Military Production Minister Mohamed Saeed el Assar.

- Investment and International Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr.
- Manpower Minister Mohamed Mahmoud Saafan.

- Supply Minister Ali el Sayyed Moselhi.

- Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Omar el Khatab Marwan.

- Education Minister Tareq Galal Shawqi.

- Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Khalid Abdel Ghaffar.

- Minister of Planning, Follow-up and Administrative Reform Hala Helmi el Saeed.

- Transport Minister Hisham Arafat.

- Culture Minister Enas Moustafa Abdel Dayem.

- Tourism Minister Rania el Mashat.

- Finance Minister Mohamed Ahmed Ma'it.

- Civil Aviation Minister Mohamed Younis el Masri.

- Local Development Minister Mahmoud Sayyed Shaarawi.

- Interior Minister Mahmoud Tawfiq Abdel Gawad Tawfiq.

- Health and Population Minister Hala Moustafa el Sayyed Zayed.

- Environment Minister Yasmin Salah el Din Fouad Abdel Aziz.

- Agriculture and Land Reclamation Minister Ezzeddin Omar Ezzeddin Abo Setit.

- Communications and Information Technology Minister Amr Ahmed Sameeh Talaat.

- Youth and Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi.

- Trade and Industry Minister Amr Adel Bayoumi Nassar.

Staff report

PRESIDENT Abdel Fattah El Sisi has expressed appreciation for the key role played by scholars of Al-Azhar and the Ministry of Waqfs (Endowments) in correcting the flawed concepts about the tolerant religion of Islam.

In a speech to a Waqfs Ministry ceremony marking Lailat al-Qadr (the 27th night of the holy month of Ramadan) on Monday,  President Sisi hailed the devoted scholars of al-Azhar for their efforts to promote Islam's moderate and centrist character as well as for confronting deviant ideology, extremism and excessiveness. Al-Azhar scholars, the President added, are seeking to promote human and moral values and affection between people all.

Hailing Lailat al-Qadr as a time of praying for Heavenly benevolence, President Sisi said that the occasion is indicative of an association between exerting human effort and gaining good. The President noted that this association was the principle that led to the prospering of the Islamic civilisation in all economic, scientific and cultural walks of life.

On the national setting, President Sisi expressed thanks to and appreciation for the government of Prime minister Sherif Ismail over their all-out efforts during the last period which was the toughest in the history of Egypt. Changing governments, the President added, is necessary for giving opportunities to each other.

President Sisi also stressed that Egypt witnessed over the past years huge challenges but the determination of the Egyptian people was solid in the face of such challenges. The Egyptian people, the President added, rose up to protect their nation and contribute to creating the circumstances deemed favourable for building a better future.

The Egyptians, President Sisi said, were one hand in the face of the forces of evil and darkness which tried to ruin the country, noting in this regard that the people of Egypt stood decisively in the face of attempts to sow division and ignite sedition. Egyptians, the President stressed, defied whoever attempted to threaten the security of the country. They have also sacrificed their blood and souls for the sake of the nation and in defence of its stability.

The President said that the Egyptian people bore with patience the difficult economic conditions and worked hard to pursue the reforms deemed necessary for the building of a modern state and a developed society, gaining in the process the world's admiration for their capabilities to make achievements in several fields.

During the ceremony, President Sisi honored the Holy Qur'an memorisers from Egypt and world countries who have won the international competition for Quran memorisation and interpretation. The competition is organised annually by the Ministry of Waqfs.

The competition's first and second awards for Arab countries went to two Egyptian memorisers while the top awards for foreign countries went to a Bangladeshi and a Kenyan, respectively.

Young memorisers under the age of 12 years and contenders of special needs were also honoured during the ceremony.

CAIRO, June 11, 2018 (MENA) - President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Monday signed Law No 31/2018 authorizing the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources to contract with the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC) to explore oil and develop Ras Fanar area.

The decree was published in Gazette out Monday.

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