21 November 2017 02:06 PM

Presidential Activity August 2017

Sunday، 10 September 2017 - 02:03 PM

In August 2017, the security and combating terrorism files, follow-up of economic reform programs and comprehensive social development plans, which would have a tangible impact on the standard of living of Egyptian citizens, were priorities of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi during his meetings with government officials.

At the internal level, President Sisi witnesses Science Day Celebration and attends Diamond Jubilee of Central Auditing Organization.

At the external level, President Sisi has toured in the Tanzania, Rwanda, Gabon and Chad.

President's meetings with officials

August 1: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has stressed the importance of developing the information and communication technology sector in Egypt, describing it as a "promising sector". During a meeting with Communications and Information Technology Minister Yasser el Qady, Sisi called for going ahead with a plan to establish more smart cities and technological zones across the nation.

August 7: President Abdel Fatah El Sisi held a meeting with the prime minister and government officials to discuss a number of issues, including efforts exerted to develop the health care system and means to improve medical services provided to citizens. During the meeting, President Sisi stressed the importance of upgrading hospitals and medical centers, as well as establishing new ones across the country.

August 8: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met  with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and Finance Minister Amr el Garhy and asserted the necessity of maintaining efforts to cut the budget deficit and debt rates in the new budget for the fiscal year 2017/2018. Also, Sisi called for rationalizing spending, increasing growth rates and raising social protection allocations through supporting food commodities and expanding in direct cash support programs, particularly the Takaful and Karama social safety program, and health care programs for the needy people.

August 9: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi approved the establishment of a joint development company between the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCzone) and the Dubai World Ports group known as DP World. This came during a meeting by the President with SCzone head Mohab Mamish and DP World board chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Salim.

August 11: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has issued directives to all State bodies and officials to follow up the developments of a deadly collision between two trains in Alexandria. The President also ordered a team of investigators to be formed to reveal the reasons behind the collision to hold those responsible accountable.

August 12: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with the transport minister to follow up the results of an ongoing investigation into Friday's deadly train collision in Alexandria.

August 13: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi stressed during his meeting with Electricity and Renewable Energy Minister Mohamed Shaker the importance of resuming efforts of comprehensive update of the electricity sector and developing the transportation sector according to a certain timetable so as to guarantee improving services offered to citizens nationwide especially in the Upper Egyptian governorates and remote areas.

August 13: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a meeting with Minister of Housing and Urban Development Mostafa Madbouly to discuss the work progress in the new administrative capital.

August 22: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi stressed the importance of following up development plans of public sector companies. Sisi made the statements during a meeting with Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt Tareq Amer and number of ministers and senior officials. During the meeting, the president stressed the need for improving the performance of public sector companies and working on increasing their profits. The meeting tackled preparations for Eidul Adha, slated for Friday September 1, and measures taken by the government to secure public squares during the feast. The meeting also touched on efforts exerted by the government to set up a logistics centers nationwide to provide basic foodstuffs for citizens at affordable prices.

August 22: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Al Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed el Tayyeb and hailed as pivotal the role of Al Azhar in facing terror and extremism. The President labeled Al Azhar as the beacon of moderate Islamic thoughts. Sisi stressed the importance of continuing the efforts aiming at developing the institutional and scientific capabilities of Al Azhar in order to be able to face terrorism and extremism.

August 23: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi lauded the efforts exerted to develop the companies and factories affiliated to the Ministry of Military Production in addition to their role in boosting the national economy. Sisi made the remarks during his meeting with Minister of State for Military Production Mohamed el Assar, which took up the steps and procedures taken to upgrade the companies that belong to the ministry in addition to promoting their participation in implementing national projects and meeting the local market needs.

August 24: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi directed the National Terrorism-Combat Council to set its strategy. Presiding over the council’s first meeting, Sisi highlighted the importance of the role that shall be played by the national entity at the current critical stage of Egypt’s history.

August 28: In a ministerial meeting, President Abdel Fatah El Sisi reviewed underway cooperation projects with the Chinese side as part of preparations for his visit to China. The meeting brought together Prime Minister Sherif Ismail along with the number of ministers.

Field Tours

Sisi witnesses Science Day Celebration (August 6, 2017)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended a celebration marking Science Day and saw a documentary film talking about the future of scientific research in Egypt and the importance of the Bank of Knowledge.

President Sisi honored a number of scientists who received the Nile and State appreciation awards in science and technology and honored also top students of Thanaweya Amma and university graduates.

Speech by H.E. President Sisi on Science Day


Sisi attends Diamond Jubilee of Central Auditing Organization (August 21, 2017)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended the Diamond Jubilee of the Central Auditing Organization (CAO) with the participation of Prime Minister Sherif Ismail and a host of statesmen.

The President signed in the guest book on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the organization's establishment.

Phone Calls

August 8: President Sisi received a phone call from Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades. During the phone call, President Sisi highlighted the importance of promoting “distinguished relations” between the two countries in all fields. Egypt is proud of constructive cooperation relations with Cyprus, President Sisi said. In the phone conversation, ways to strengthen the tripartite cooperation mechanism between Egypt, Cyprus and Greece were discussed.

August 13: Jordanian King Abdullah II held a phone call with President Sisi where he offered condolences over the victims of train’s crash in Alexandria. During the phone call, the two leaders probed the latest regional developments especially that of the Palestinian cause.

August 15: President Sisi telephoned his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta to congratulate him on his re-election as president of Kenya.  Sisi wished Kenyatta success and further progress and prosperity for the Kenyan people.  In the telephone, Sisi also hailed as good relations between Cairo and Nairobi. Egypt is keen on further boosting bilateral ties with Kenya at all levels, he told Kenyatta. The two leaders agreed to further coordinate stances and continue consultations at the bilateral and regional levels.

August 24: President Sisi received a phone call from US President Donald Trump during which the US president underlined the strength of bilateral relations. Trump also expressed his keenness on upgrading relations between the two countries and overcoming any obstacle on this score.

President Sisi expressed his appreciation for the US president and highlighted the importance of continuing coordination and consultation between both countries over issues of joint concern.

August 28: President Sisi received a phone call from Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar who hailed the deeply-rooted relations between the two countries. President Sisi congratulated Varadkar over his new post, stressing Egypt’s keenness on boosting relations especially in economy and trade fields. They also discussed the situation of an Irish citizen of Egyptian origin who is currently being tried in Egypt. Sisi pointed out that judiciary in Egypt is totally independent.

President Sisi's reception for States' Presidents

Somali President’s Visit (August 20, 2017)

President Sisi receives Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed at Cairo International Airport. President Sisi has praised historic and distinguished relations between Egypt and Somalia. President Sisi hailed the "distinguished and historical relations between Egypt and Somalia, stressing Egypt's intention to continue to provide all support to Somalia during the next phase to build and consolidate the institutions of the state, especially the Somali National Army." Sisi added that the two countries will continue cooperation in programs and courses organized by the Egyptian Agency for Partnership for Development (EAPD), and promised an increase in scholarships offered by Egypt.

The Somali president praised Egypt's historic role in supporting Somalia during various stages. Farmajo also welcomed strengthening economic and trade relations, saying there are opportunities to develop cooperation in many sectors. The Somali President said there are wide horizons for developing cooperation in many sectors. He said his country highly appreciates the Egyptian role in supporting Somali interests in international forums through its membership of the Security Council and the African Peace and Security Council.


President's meetings with foreign officials

August 2: President Sisi received Algerian Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel, in the presence of Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and the Algerian ambassador in Cairo. During the meeting, President Sisi welcomed the Algerian Minister and sent his greetings to the Algerian President. President Sisi stressed that Egypt looks forward to boosting strong relations with Algeria at all levels. President Sisi called for fostering cooperation and coordination to overcome joint challenges facing the two states, especially the danger of terrorism.

August 2: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Chadian Minister of Defense Bichara Issa Djadallah. President Sisi underlined that relations between the two countries are strong. President Sisi asserted the necessity of upgrading bilateral relations and enhancing joint cooperation especially in the security field.

August 7: President Sis received the envoy of Kuwaiti Amir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, First Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al Khaled Al Hamad Al Sabah. The Kuwaiti envoy delivered a written letter from Sheikh Sabah to President Sisi on his country's efforts to deal with the Qatari’s crisis. Sisi appreciated the Kuwaiti Amir's efforts on the Arab arena and his keenness to promote Arab solidarity and consensus, as well as his pro-Egyptian stances. The President affirmed Egypt's full support for the Kuwaiti efforts, stressing the need for Qatar to respond to the concerns of Egypt and the three Gulf states.

August 21:  President Sisi met Sudanese Defense Minister Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf. During the meeting, President Sisi hailed the deep-rooted relations between Egypt and Sudan.

The president asserted that the current period requires intensifying coordination and consultations between the two Arab countries and called for not allowing any problems to affect their significant relations.

President Sisi told the Sudanese minister to convoy his greetings to Bashir.

The meeting also agreed on holding a meeting for the joint military committee to discuss means of fostering bilateral relations.


August 23: President Sisi met Senior Advisor to the US President, Jared Kushner, with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and intelligence chief Khaled Fawzi attending. During the meeting, President Sisi stressed the importance of reaching a just and comprehensive solution to the Palestinian cause, underlining efforts exerted by Egypt to revive negations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides.

The US delegation expressed support for all genuine efforts to strengthen Egyptian-US relations in the coming period. They also voiced their appreciation of Egypt's efforts to fight terrorism and extremism and its historic role in shoring up efforts to find a comprehensive settlement to the Palestinian cause.

August 27: President Sisi received CEO of the State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom) Alexey Likhachev. President Sisi expressed Egypt's keenness to cooperate with Rosatom in setting up the nuclear power plant in Al Dabaa. Sisi said that this project further promotes the ties of friendship between Egypt and Russia.

August 27: President Sisi held a meeting with Eni´s CEO Claudio Descalzi in the presence of Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Tarek el Molla as well as a number of officials of the company. President Sisi stressed his keenness on following up periodically work progress achieved by Italian Eni Company especially in Zohr gas field.

He affirmed the importance of abiding by the set timetable to begin production of Zohr field, giving directives to the Petroleum Ministry and its affiliated bodies to continue cooperation with the Italian firm and removing obstacles that might hinder developing work of the field.


President’s Foreign Visits

President Sisi’s African tour (August 14-17, 2017)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi started on Monday 14/8/2017 a four-leg African tour to Tanzania, Rwanda, Gabon and Chad. The tour comes within the framework of Egypt's openness to African continent and its keenness to enhance relations with countries of the continent in all fields and expanding coordination and consultations with African sisterly countries.

Tanzania’s Visit (August 14, 2017)  

President Sisi held a meeting with Tanzanian President John Magufuli. He stressed the importance of cementing cooperation between the private sectors of Egypt and Tanzania. The president referred to the success of certain Egyptian firms operating in Tanzania, pointing out that Cairo looks forward to increasing the trade volume between Egyptian and Tanzanian businesses in the fields of farms and manufacturing of agricultural products, fishing, livestock, pharmaceutical industries, medical supplies and mining.

Press Conference

President Sisi held a press conference with Tanzanian President John Magufuli in the country’s capital.

Statement by President Sisi at joint press conference with President of Tanzania John Magufuli


Rwanda’s Visit (August 15, 2017)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi arrived in Kigali, the second step of an African tour that includes Tanzania, Gabon and Chad. The Egyptian leader was welcomed by his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame. The president was also welcomed by senior Rwandan officials, the Egyptian ambassador and members of the Egyptian Embassy.

Discussions

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held talks with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame in Kigali, followed by expanded talks between the delegations of both countries. Sisi praised the steady development of bilateral relations between the two countries, stressing the importance of working towards enhance relations at all levels. He stressed the importance of increasing the volume of trade exchange and opening channels of communication between business communities in the two countries to carry out joint projects in the fields of tourism, agriculture, energy and other fields. The two presidents discussed means of achieving economic and developmental integration between the Nile basin countries.

 


Press Conference

President Sisi said his country and Rwanda agree on the importance of having the African Union play a bigger role in the continent. Egypt is keen on working with Rwanda in the fields of agriculture and trade exchange, Sisi added in a joint press conference with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame. He invited Kagame to visit Egypt as soon as possible. Sisi stressed the need to boost cooperation with Rwanda, particularly where honing skills and sharing know-how is concerned. He said this is done through technical support programs provided by the Egyptian Agency of Partnership for Development (EAPD) and the Egyptian initiative for the development of Nile Basin countries. Sisi told reporters that he and Kagame agreed on the importance of holding a joint committee meeting as soon as possible.

Gabon’s Visit (August 16, 2017)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi arrived in Gabon, his third stop of an African tour. Sisi is scheduled to hold talks with officials here on means of boosting bilateral cooperation and issues related to peace and security in Africa.

Discussions

President Sisi said Cairo is willing to boost ties with Libreville to cover all political, economic and military fields. 

During talks with Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba, President Sisi termed bilateral ties ‘special’ as Egypt eyes closer partnership to maintain development and stability in both countries. 

The one-on-one talks were held prior to an open session that was attended by delegations from both sides.

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said that he had talks with his Gabonese counterpart Ali Bongo Ondimba on boosting bilateral ties at the political, economic, security and military levels, saying that they shared identical views on several regional and international issues of mutual interest.

Press Conference

Speaking at a press conference following their meeting, Sisi said that they agreed on the importance of intensifying efforts in the coming period to strengthen relations between Cairo and Libreville in all domains through the convocation of the joint committee that held its last meeting in 2008.

The committee will convene in Gabon in the coming months, Sisi asserted.


Chad’s Visit (August 17, 2017)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi arrived in Chad on the last leg of his four-day African tour. Chadian President Idriss Deby and several top-notch statesmen received Sisi upon his arrival.

President Sisi affirmed Egypt’s keenness to offer all needed assistance to landlocked Chad.

Discussions

President Sisi said his Chadian counterpart Idriss Deby told him during their talks that new ideas were needed to overcome major problems and challenges.


Press Conference

At a joint press conference with Deby, Sisi said Cairo and N’Djamena are committed to find real solutions to facilitate movement between both countries.

President Sisi praised Deby’s pro-African efforts as part of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, Africa’s second largest forum after the African Union, despite the serious challenges facing the north-central African country as well as its peacekeeping and terrorism-combat sacrifices in the Sahel region.

Terrorism needs a comprehensive plan that takes into account cultural factors besides the military and security ones, Sisi said.

 


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