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Presidential Activity March 2017

Monday، 03 April 2017 - 03:35 PM


In March 2017, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi continued his remarkable activities that included a number of meetings, most notably were his meetings to implement the national projects, solve problems facing ordinary citizens, attract investments and control the market.

President Sisi also had a busy schedule where he participated in the 28th Arab Summit in Jordanian Capital Amman during the period from 23-29 March 2017.  

President's Meetings with officials

March 4: President Sisi met the prime minister, the governor of the Central Bank of Egypt as well as the ministers of defense, foreign affairs, interior affairs, justice, civil aviation, finance and supply. Sisi urged continued work to increase hard currency reserves at the Central Bank of Egypt, a measure that would positively affect economic indicators in the coming period. The president cautioned that this should not affect the state's efforts to secure staple commodities for citizens, proceed with national projects and realize economic development.

March 6: President Sisi met Housing Minister Moustafa Madboli, Chairman of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority Kamel el Wazzir and Presidency Advisor for Urban Planning Amir Sayed Ahmed. The meeting was also attended by a number of officials of the new administrative capital company and others. During the meeting, they reviewed the blueprints of the buildings of the ministries, the House of Representatives and the cabinet. The president asserted the importance of sticking to the timeline and to utilize the lands of the new capital for the best and also to decrease the cost of the establishment as possible taking into account committing to the highest quality standards.

March 7: President Sisi asserted the importance that the investment map be well-prepared to include the various investment opportunities in Egypt. Sisi made the comments during his meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Investment and Cooperation Minister Sahar Nasr. The president also pressed for action to best benefit from the relative advantages and investment opportunities in each area and governorate. President Sisi directed to hold meetings with Egyptian, Arab and foreign investors to know obstacles they encounter. He also issued directives to provide all means of support for the medium, small and micro-sized enterprises in light of their role in providing more jobs for youths and contributing to economic growth.

March 7: President Sisi held a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Finance Minister Amr el Garhy. During the meeting, Sisi ordered the government to work on reducing the inflation rate through activating the role of regulatory agencies and controlling monopolistic practices. Garhy briefed the president on the financial performance during the first seven months of this fiscal year, which saw improvement in public revenues and social programs. Garhy posted the president on measures taken by the ministry to achieve economic reforms and develop social protection networks, especially for the most needy people.

March 8: President Sisi asserted the state’s keenness on supporting all efforts to empower women and enhance their role in various aspects of political, economic and social life of the country. In a meeting with members of the National Council for Women (NCW), under its head Maya Morsy, Sisi said the declaration that 2017 is the year of Egyptian Women stresses such a formal position. In this regard, the president hailed the efforts exerted by the NWC and its members to improve the conditions of Egyptian women, defend their rights and to raise awareness about the importance of their roles. During the meeting, Sisi expressed greetings and appreciation for the Egyptian women on the occasion of the International Women's Day. Women are key partners in the country’s development, the president reaffirmed.

March 11: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Minister of State for Military Production Mohamed el Assar. The meeting dealt with the ministry's plan for boosting joint manufacturing with foreign countries and international companies to meet the needs of the Armed Forces of military products and industries as well as to contribute to the development process and provide the civil sector's requirements. President Sisi hailed efforts of the Ministry of Military Production in developing its product lines through cooperation with major international companies; contributing to get the best of modern technology and keep abreast of technological developments.

March 12: President Sisi stressed the need for developing all transportation means to support economic development in the country. Sisi made the statements during a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Transport Minister Hesham Arafat. The president urged finalizing all transport projects as soon as possible to serve citizens.

March 12: President Sisi met Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker to discuss efforts to upgrade transmission networks, especially in southern Egypt. The meeting also took up projects to establish transmission stations.

March 13: President Sisi has directed keeping the quota of subsidized bread intact and maintaining the rights of citizens holding ration cards. This came during a meeting with the prime minister and the ministers of defense and military production, foreign affairs, the interior, justice, finance and supply and internal trade and the heads of the Intelligence Service and the Administrative Control Authority. The meeting tackled measures taken by the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade regarding the subsidized bread distribution system. The meeting also covered measures taken by the ministry to revise ration cards, in terms of removing names of non-eligible citizens. The president gave directives regarding the daily follow-up of measures to control markets in a way that makes commodities available at necessary quantities.

March 14: President Sisi held a meeting to follow up the construction of the new administrative capital. The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Housing Minister Moustafa Madboli and Head of the Armed Forces Engineering ِAuthority Kamel el Wazzir. The president received a report on the new design of the governmental district which will be built within the new administrative capital and will accommodate 100,000 employees. The president ordered making utmost use of the land, on which the project will be built, and reducing the construction cost as much as possible. He also issued directives to prepare an all-out traffic plan to prevent any congestion in the new administrative capital, the spokesman concluded. The president ordered a study to be carried out to modify the laws regulating fishing, as well as those related to lakes, in coordination among ministries and governorates concerned.

March 16: President Sisi gave directives to provide all necessary care to the students of Sohag primary schools who were hospitalized after eating a school meal. The President ordered forming a committee to immediately investigate the issue, stressing that all measures should be taken to preserve the health of school students across the country.

March 18: President Sisi received Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Finance Minister Amr El Garhy to evaluate the financial performance, as well as the most important forecasts and economic indicators. The meeting also dealt with the main features of the general budget of the 2017-2018 fiscal, as well as measures needed to cut the budget deficit and the public debt. Efforts made by the government regarding the social protection networks and programs were also discussed. The president also reviewed measures taken to develop work at the Ministry of Finance and all its bodies to upgrade services provided to citizens and upgrade the state dues collection system.

March 19: President Sisi received Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Finance Minister Amr El Garhy to evaluate the financial performance, as well as the most important forecasts and economic indicators. The meeting also dealt with the main features of the general budget of the 2017-2018 fiscal, as well as measures needed to cut the budget deficit and the public debt. Efforts made by the government regarding the social protection networks and programs were also discussed. The president also reviewed measures taken to develop work at the Ministry of Finance and all its bodies to upgrade services provided to citizens and upgrade the state dues collection system.

March 19: President Sisi has stressed the need to continue efforts to upgrade the health system. In a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Health Minister Ahmed Emad el Din, Sisi also pressed for action to improve medical services offered to citizens. More hospitals and medical centers should be established in Egypt, particularly in remote areas and Upper Egyptian cities, he urged. The meeting also took up a draft law on health insurance, which is currently being outlined to cover the family rather than the individual.

March 25: President Sisi affirmed the need to continue full coordination between the police and the armed forces and keep high levels of combat readiness and security preparedness to confront terrorism and provide security nationwide. Meeting officials of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and the Supreme Council of Police, Sisi hailed sacrifices offered by the heroes of the armed forces and the police in the country's fight against terrorism.

March 26: President Sisi has stressed the need to steadily work to achieve comprehensive development in the coming years. Economic development and social protection are keys to improving every-day life of citizens, Sisi said in a meeting with a number of ministers. He called for an increase in spending in the fields of social development, particularly health and education services. It is of equal importance to improve public services, especially in the fields of housing, drinking water, sanitation, roads and electricity, Sisi urged.

Field Tours

Sisi’s visit to National Security Sector

President Sisi held a meeting with a number of senior security officials, topped by Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar. During his visit to the Interior Ministry's National Security Sector, Sisi ordered policemen to continue exerting strenuous efforts to protect Egypt from terrorist and criminal acts. He also praised the role played by security men to maintain Egypt's security and stability.

The meeting reviewed also the latest security developments in Egypt and challenges besetting the Egyptian national security.

Sisi attends celebrations of Egyptian Women’s Day

President Sisi attended celebrations of the Egyptian Women's Day. President Sisi hailed women’s role as key player in success achieved by the Egyptian people over history. President Sisi asked the attendees to stand in respect of the Egyptian woman in her day. He noted Egyptian women accepted to bear heavy burden due to the economic reform.

Sisi attends 25th cultural seminar of Armed Forces

President Sisi attended the 25th cultural seminar of the Armed Forces. Sisi saluted all martyrs who fell dead while defending 90 million Egyptians. We face terrorism with one face and not two faces. Egyptians are falling dead to raise high the banner of uprightness; the banner of building, construction, humanity, and mercy and not that of terrorism, the president said. He strongly condemned any terrorist act taking place anywhere in the world. Sisi stressed that the army and police are not alone facing terrorism but all the Egyptian people as well.

Republican decree

March 13: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi issued a Presidential decree pardoning 203 youth convicted over violating the protest law, the pardon included three juveniles and five others pardoned over health reasons. This decision is part of the recommendations issued by the first Youth Conference held in Sharm El Sheikh in October, 2016.

President's meetings with foreign officials

March 1: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received the Arab health ministers in Cairo and underlined Egypt's support for the document of the Cairo Declaration.

March 1: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and asserted that Egypt is looking forward to boosting cooperation with Russia in the field of manufacturing civil and military products.

March 4: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Chairperson of the Russian Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko and said that Egyptian-Russian relations are well-established, reiterating Egypt's eagerness to work for developing these relations in all domains in general and in the parliamentary field in particular.

March 8: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received FAO Director General José Graziano da Silva and asserted that Egypt is keen on fostering bilateral relations with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in all fields to achieve agricultural development.

March 12: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with a delegation of media people and journalists representing 25 African countries and said that Egypt is keen on supporting sustainable development in Africa. He also hailed the significant role played by African media personnel to boost the development process in the African continent.

March 18: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received a delegation of the Conservative Middle East Council (CMEC) and said that he is looking forward to boosting British investments in Egypt.

March 23: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Sudan's State Minister at the Presidency Taha Osman and affirmed that Egypt is keen on fostering cooperation with Sudan in the various spheres, adding that Egypt attaches great importance to preserving the entity of the Arab nation.

March 26: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received President of World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder and stressed Egypt’s openness to all spectra of the US segments to enhance the understanding on the regional challenges and means of handling them.

President Sisi's reception for States' Presidents

Chancellor Angela Merkel visit to Egypt (March 2-3, 2017)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The talks held between them tackled boosting bilateral cooperation in the economic field. The talks also touched on the latest developments in Libya, fighting terrorism, illegal immigration and the security conditions in the Middle East and Africa.

Palestinian President’s visit to Egypt (March 20, 2017)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at an invitation by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi. This visit comes in the framework of the continuous consultation and coordination between the two sides on various Arab and international issues of common interest. Sisi and Abbas discussed the humanitarian, economic and security situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, and the ideas suggested on the ways to revive the Middle East peace process.

Lebanese PM's visit to Egypt (March 22, 2017)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The meeting took up several issues of common concern including recent regional developments. President Sisi confirmed that Egypt and Lebanon are siding with one another in their battle against terrorism and extremism, asserting that Egypt's support for Lebanon to be able to overcome the repercussions of the Syrian crisis.

Bahraini King's visit to Egypt (March 27, 2017)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Bahraini King Hamad bin Issa al Khalifa for talks on means of boosting bilateral cooperation between the two countries and signing a number of agreements in various fields. The talks also take up developments in the Arab world, discuss bilateral cooperation in the field of counter-terrorism and exchange points of view in various regional issues.

President's Sisi's participation in 28th Ordinary Summit of Arab League (March 23-29, 2017)

President Abdel Fatah El Sisi took place in the 28th Arab Summit in Jordanian Capital Amman. During his participation in the summit, President Sisi gave a statement at the opening session of the summit.

President Sisi's statement in the summit

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said the joint Arab action is the basis of resolving all crises in the Arab region.

The President said restoring Arab strength became inevitable to face the challenges the Arab nation is facing.

The President asserted that Egypt fully backs all efforts exerted by the Arab League secretary general to develop and reform the pan-Arab organization.

He stressed the importance of coordination among the member states to achieve joint action and maintain the unity of the Arab ranks.

President's meetings on the sidelines of the summit

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar Abadi and pointed out Egypt's full support for Iraq's unity, stability and sovereignty over all its territories. Sisi hailed progress made in the ongoing military operations for uprooting Daesh terrorists from its last stronghold in western Mosul. He stressed the importance of eradicating extremism from its roots and continuing efforts to strengthen the national fabric to block all attempts to spread strife.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi asserted Egypt’s keenness on reaching a peaceful settlement to the current crises in the region, preserving the integrity of its lands, protecting the capabilities of its peoples and supporting its national institutions. During his meeting with UN Secretary General António Guterres, the President stressed the necessity that the United Nations and the international community would convey a clear message to different powers that intervene in the internal affairs of the region’s countries to end the suffering of millions of innocents and allow them to live in peace and stability.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Chief Advisor for Religious and Cultural Affairs and Personal Envoy to King Abdullah II of Jordan, Prince Ghazi Bin Muhammad. During the meeting, Sisi hailed the role of the Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought under Prince Ghazi. The President stressed the importance of the efforts exerted by religious institutions to highlight the correct image of Islam and its tolerant principles.

President El Sisi held talks with Saudi King Salman bin Abdel Aziz on the sidelines of the 28th Arab Summit.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a meeting with King Abdullah II of Jordan and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the sidelines of the 28th Arab Summit. The meeting tackled the latest developments of the Palestinian issue.

 

By: Marwa Adel & Noha Ibrahim

 


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