Presidential Activity December 2016
Monday، 09 January 2017 - 03:01 PM
In December 2016, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi witnessed remarkable activities, which aimed to support balanced relations with all countries that reflected the challenges faced Egypt’s regional and international role.
President's Meetings with officials
December 8: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi in his meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and a number of ministers approved a draft law to establish a body for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The new agency, which includes a number of bodies concerned with those projects, will be chaired by the trade minister with members of a number of specialists interested in the SMEs sector.
December 17: President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gave directives to intensify security in parks, public places and surroundings of vital facilities nationwide.
Sisi made the remark during meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and a number of ministers. The meeting tackled the security conditions in Egypt and security measures during the coming feasts season.
December 17: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi highlighted the importance of promoting the link between Egyptian scientists abroad and their homeland, expressing deep appreciation to the Egyptian expats' contribution to the ongoing comprehensive development.
Sisi made the remark during a meeting with Egyptian scientists who participated in "Egypt Can" conference that was held in Hurghada on 14-15/12/2016.
December 21: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Investment Minister Dalia Khorshed and chairman of the Suez Canal Authority Mohab Mamish and has pressed for action to complete a plan to upgrade six ports in the Suez Canal region by June 30, 2018.
President Sisi directed that the SCA coordinate efforts with the private sector to make use of empty platforms at the ports in the Suez Canal region.
December 22: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Trade and Industry Minister Tareq Qabil and stressed the importance of accelerating the pace of establishing industrial zones in accordance with the set timetables and international standards.
He issued directives that all official permits for operating the industrial facilities should be provided to investors as soon as these industrial zones are completed to avoid any delay in operating factories.
December 27: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Mohamed el Assar, the Minister of Military Production, and Investment Minister Dalia Khorshed.
The meeting took up efforts to upgrade the Ministry of Military Production to maintain its major role in developing military industries and to increase its contribution to national projects.
December 15: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi opened Rod El Farag-Dhabaa axis and said during the ceremony that the State tried to intervene to alleviate people's burdens, noting that price rise had led to upping allocations for state-subsidized housing units.
During the ceremony, President Sisi opened, via the video conference, a number of road projects, including the twinning of Cairo/Suez desert road.
December 22: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inaugurated a renovated medical complex of the Armed Forces in Cairo's Kobri el Qoba district.
Upon arrival at the complex, the President was received by Defense Minister Colonel General Sedqy Sobhy, Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lt. General Mahmoud Hegazy and other top commander. President Sisi underlined the need of raising the performance of the military medical academy.
December 24: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended a ceremony to inaugurate expansions of the El Nasr Co. for Intermediate Chemicals (NCIC).
Youth monthly dialogue (December 10, 2016)
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inaugurated the first youth monthly dialogue which discussed what have been implemented from recommendations of the first youth national conference held in Sharm El Sheikh in October 2016.
The dialogue conference included a number of public sessions to tackle the outcome of the national dialogue meetings on education, recent economic reform measures, population increase, challenges facing the State, mechanisms to upgrade agriculture and oil sectors.
Open discussions were held with youths on the visions floated during the past period as well as the government visions towards such economic reforms and means of luring more investments.
Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) Tarek Amer, the ministers of finance, investment, oil, agriculture, education, the head of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) as well as experts participated in the sessions.
As many as 1,000 youths, including 60 per cent new participants and 30 per cent of attendees at Sharm El Sheikh national youth conference, volunteers from the ministries of youth and sports, members of political parties, intellectuals, parliamentarians, journalists and media figures are attending the one day conference.
President Sisi's reception for States' Presidents
Slovenian President’s visit (December 5, 2016)
Slovenian President BorutPahor visited Egypt for the first time on December 5, 2016, at the head of a high-level delegation, including a number of ministers, officials and representatives from 15 companies representing various sectors including energy, agricultural technology, industry, electricity and telecommunications. President Abdel Fattah El Sisireceived the Slovenian President and his delegation and discussed means to enhance cooperation between Egypt and Slovenia in various fields.
Djiboutian President’s visit (December 12, 2016)
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh in Cairo. The two leaders discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.
President's meetings with foreign officials
December 1:President Abdel Fattah El Sisi had a meeting with Wang Jiarui, Vice Chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), on means on developing strategic partnership between Egypt and China.The two sides discussed a number of regional issues and crises, Egypt's vision for the Syrian crisis and conditions in Libya and efforts to fight terrorism and extremism.
December 6: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has said that Egypt is keen to boostrelations with African countries, the Nile Basin states in particular. Sisi's remarks were made during a meeting with the water and irrigation ministers of Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan and Burundi.He stressed the need to renounce disputes and boost cooperation among the Nile Basin countries through establishing more joint projects that would serve the interests of all sides.
December 7:President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said that Egypt is keen on developing relations with Pakistan in all fields, including military production and counter-terrorism.During a meeting with Pakistani Minister of Military Production RanaTanveerHussain, Sisi praised deeply-rooted relations between Egypt and Pakistan.Sisi urged the visiting Pakistani minister to convey his greetings to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
December 14: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Senegalese education minister and presidential envoy at presence of Senegalese ambassador in Cairo.The Senegalese minister delivered a message to Sisi from Sall on promoting bilateral cooperation with Egypt in the different domains.Sisi lauded the ties between both states in the different fields.The meeting took up the importance of boosting international and regional efforts to combat terror along with coordination between both countries on the different African and international issues of mutual interest.
December14:President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Philippe Le Houérou, the CEO of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in the presence of Minister of International Cooperation Sahar Nasr.President Sisi welcomed Le Houérou and hailed cooperation between Cairo and the international corporations in light of the constructive role they play in funding development projects in Egypt, in cooperation with the private sector in the country. President Sisireviewed the national projects carried out in Egypt including the development project in the Suez Canal zone in addition to the measures taken by the government to improve the investment climate and increase competitiveness in the country.Sisi briefed Le Houérou on the efforts exerted by the Egyptian government to achieve sustainable development in line with "Egypt's Vision 2030" that is based on economic development, knowledge, innovation and improving environment.
December 14:President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Chadian Foreign Minister MoussaMahamat in the presence of Egypt's Minister of Foreign Affairs SamehShoukry and the Chadian ambassador in Cairo.The Chadian minister handed over two messages from Chad's President IdrissDeby to President Sisi.The first message included condolences of the Chadian government and people over the martyrs of the terrorist attack that targeted El Boutrosiya Coptic Orthodox Church in Abbasiya district. It also affirms Chad's full solidarity with Egypt in combating terrorism and extremism.Meanwhile, the second message asserts Chad's keenness on promoting ties between Cairo and N'Djamena in several fields.President Sisiasked Mahamat to convey his greetings to President IdrissDeby and emphasized that Egypt and Chad have strong relations.Sisi also noted that Egypt is willing to boost regional cooperation with the aim of overcoming challenges that face Africa.
December 14:President Abdel Fattah El Sisi asserted that Egypt is keen on expanding its usages of renewable energy in development project. The president made the remarks during a meeting with Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Adnan Amin. The meeting was attended by Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker. The meeting took up means to boost cooperation and enhance Egypt's role in IRENA in addition to the development of Egyptian abilities in related fields. President Sisi hailed efforts exerted by the IRENA to boost and develop the usage of renewable energy worldwide.
December 19:President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received a delegation of the American Jewish Committee (AJA), under its President John Shapiro.Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry took part in the meeting.President Sisi affirmed his keenness to keep contacts with the spectrum of American society to clarify the reality of the situation in Egypt and the region, and to boost strategic ties linking Cairo and Washington to keep pace with challenges facing the Middle East at the present stage and ways to overcome them.Sisi said terrorism represents a real threat, not only to Egypt or the Middle East but also to the entire international community.
December 19:President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received a message from his Lebanese counterpart Michel Aoun on boosting bilateral relations.Sisi-Bassil talks dealt with the latest political developments in Lebanon after the formation of the government of Prime Minister Saad Hariri that would help in bringing political stability to Lebanon and completing the institutional structure of the Lebanese state.Sisi welcomed the formation of the Hariri Cabinet, and hailed the Lebanese people's ability to achieve a national consensus under a complicated regional situation.He affirmed that Egypt will continue to support the Lebanese people and their efforts to maintain coexistence and integration of the various components and to solve their problems without any external interference.The meeting also dealt with ways to upgrade Egyptian-Lebanese relations in the coming period, as well as other regional issues of common concern.
President Sisi’s visit to UAE (December 1-3, 2016)
The visit of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to United Arab Emirates (UAE) came within the framework of following up continuous consultation and coordination between the two countries, as well as the President's participation in the activities of the National Day of the UAE.
The talks of President Sisi with the leaders of UAE concentrated on ways to develop the distinguished bilateral relations at various levels, so as to enhance the strategic cooperation between the two countries to face the current regional challenges in the region.
President Sisi’s visit to Uganda (December 18, 2016)
The visit of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to Uganda aimed at furthering bilateral relations in all domains, especially trade and economic ones and mulling possible increase of trade exchange.
In addition to bilateral relations, talks to tackle a number of African issues of mutual interest in light of Uganda's efforts to achieve peace and security in the Nile basin, Horn of Africa and the African continent.