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Presidential Activity December 2017

Wednesday، 03 January 2018 - 03:27 PM

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi concluded 2017 by opening Africa 2017 Forum, which represents a good opportunity to attract international investments to the African continent and to maximize human and economic potential offered by the countries of the continent. More than 50 countries and 2000 African and international institutions and investors participated in the Forum.

President Sisi held several meetings with foreign officials to discuss ways to enhance cooperation in various fields and exchanged views on a number of regional and international files.

President Sisi also met many Egyptian officials to follow up the government's continued economic reform measures, which will contribute to reducing the budget deficit, increase the state revenues and combat corruption in order to accelerate development and growth rates.

President's meetings with officials

December 5: President Sisi met Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCzone) Mohab Mamish to discuss the latest developments in the tunnels project under the Suez Canal in the city of Ismailia, directing the continuous development of the canal. Sisi underlined the importance of the Suez Canal as a pillar of the country's economy and as a vital facility to the traffic of international trade and maritime navigation between the east and the west. The meeting shed light on the fish farming project currently being carried out in east Port Said and clearing lake Manzala for fish farming project in accordance with the international standards, where the SCA will take part in the Manzala project.

December 12: President Sisi met Minister of Education Khaled Abdel Ghaffar. President Sisi gave directives to expand the building of new universities according to international standards in 2018. Sisi directed that the universities keep abreast of the latest developments of science and technology in the new areas.

December 13: President Sisi held a meeting with Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Housing Mostafa Madbouli, Minister of Electricity Mohamed Shaker and Minister of Finance Amr el Garhi. The president directed the need to accelerate government steps as regards Dabaa station.

December 18: President Sisi reviewed with Acting Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly efforts exerted to improve road and bridge networks from 2014 to 2018, as well as plans to upgrade metro lines, railways, land and sea ports nationwide. During the meeting, Transport Minister Hesham Arafat briefed Sisi on the progress in implementing projects in the third phase of the national road project with a length of 896 km, in addition to the establishment of a number of corridors and new bridges on the Nile.

December 18: President Sisi met Acting Premier and Housing Minister Moustafa Madboli. During the meeting, they reviewed a number of issues including the governments’ plan to benefit the most from Egypt’s water resources via developing water plants and using the most developed irrigation mechanisms. The president asserted the importance of using water compatible with the international standards. The minister also reviewed the government’s plan to develop al Rawda village in North Sinai in which the president ordered to coordinate with all ministries concerned and North Sinai governorate to implement the project as soon as possible. They also discussed the establishment of a number of new cities as well as procedures to implement the school lunch program.

December 25: President Sisi affirmed the need to complete the transportation network in the new administrative capital before moving the ministries and institutions to it. These remarks were made during Sisi's meeting with Acting Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli, Planning Minister Hala El Saeed and her Deputy Saleh Abdul Rahman. Sisi directed to raise the efficiency of the government services and provide them online to the citizens. He also directed to follow up periodically the indicators of the economic performance in different sectors in order to achieve Egypt's 2030 vision.

December 26: President Sisi called for preparing an investment plan for property owned by the Awqaf Ministry. During a meeting with Awqaf Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa and Head of General Intelligence Service Khaled Fawzy, the president called for counting all assets and property of the Awqaf Ministry and making the utmost use of them.

December 26: President Sisi has stressed the crucial role of Al Azhar in renewing the religious discourse and spreading tolerance values and accepting others, pointing out to the importance of continuing the comprehensive development process of Al Azhar. The president made the remarks during a meeting with Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed El Tayyeb. The meeting dealt with Al Azhar's efforts in spreading the upright teachings of Islam and confronting internal and external threats, mainly terrorism and extremist thoughts.

December 28: President Sisi directed top officials to enhance coordination among the ministries and bodies concerned in order to draw up an integrated plan to secure River Nile navigation. Sisi asserted that elements of such a plan should include a routine purge of the river bed by dredges, placing guiding signs and restrictions on cruise owners in order to guarantee the highest possible safety for passengers. This came during the president's meeting with Acting Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and the ministers of irrigation and water resources, tourism and transport.  The meeting dwelt on the measures taken by the ministries concerned to solve navigation problems in the River Nile, especially in the area between Luxor and Aswan.

December 30: President Sisi issued directives to continue efforts aimed at comprehensive development of the electricity sector. This came in a meeting between the president and Acting Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouly, in the presence of Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Mohamed Shaker. The president also gave directives to develop transportation network in accordance with the deadline of completion, in order to enhance services provided to citizens.

Field Tours

Sisi inaugurates development projects in Ismailia (December 23, 2017)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended the inauguration of a number of development projects in the Canal city of Ismailia.

Addressing the gathering, Ahmed Fouda, deputy chairman of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority, said that they have been working real hard to outline and then implement the Suez Canal tunnels project.  

- President Sisi was present as a dredger exited one of the tunnels, signaling the completion of work in that position.

- President Sisi inspected a petroleum services ship "Ahmed Fadil".  The ship is named after lieutenant general Ahmed Fadil. It contains the largest multi-purpose unit and supplies in the Middle East and also considered among the largest service and platform supply vessels

- President Sisi gave the start signal for operating Martyr Abanob Girgis floating bridge in Suez Canal. The 350-meter bridge has two anchorages on the sides of the waterway as it allows the passage of vehicles in both directions at the same time.

- President Sisi inaugurated Martyr Ahmed el Mansi floating bridge on the Suez Canal.

- President Sisi inaugurated the second phase of fish farms in the Suez Canal region.

Africa 2017 Forum (December 7, 2017)

President Sisi said Egypt has a certain vision concerning youths in Egypt and the African continent. This came during the entrepreneurship session at the Africa 2017 forum held in Sharm El Sheikh. He pointed to the set of meetings that he had held with a number of Egyptian youths over more than a year that were followed by the World Youth Forum that was held in November in Sharm el Sheikh.

Sisi said the youth represented hope, ambition, purity and ability, adding that the Africa 2017 forum aimed at holding dialogue with them. During his speech at the Africa 2017 Forum, President Sisi said that the entrepreneurs are the present and future of the African continent as they are able to be the main catalyst for the economic activity and contribute to providing job opportunities as well as achieving comprehensive sustainable development aspired by the African peoples.

Both developed and developing economies pay attention to supporting innovation, entrepreneurs and youths for their important role in developing economies, Sisi asserted, pointing to young entrepreneurs who established companies that became international in a short time.

The president expressed his confidence in youths, stressing the importance of promoting cooperation between the governments and the private sector to mobilize the African resources and develop entrepreneurship.

On the sidelines of the Forum

- President Sisi met his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame. President Sisi welcomed Kagame’s participation in the forum, saying the event is a good opportunity to lure foreign investments into Africa as well as to maximize the use of human and economic capabilities available in the continent. Sisi also voiced Egypt’s keenness to boost its “distinctive relations” with Rwanda and to push forward bilateral cooperation in various fields, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said in a statement.

- President Sisi his Cote d'Ivoirian counterpart Alassane Ouattara. Sisi praised Ouattara's participation in the fourm, underlining distinguished ties between the two countries. Sisi underlined Egypt's keenness on boosting cooperation with Cote d’Ivoire in various fields. The President expressed Egypt's eagerness to promote consultation and coordination with Cote d’Ivoire over the different issues of common concern.

- President Sisi received African Union Chief and Guinea's President Alpha. During the meeting, Sisi hailed Conde’s participation in the forum and asserted Egypt’s keenness on fostering bilateral relations in all fields. The president also lauded the high-level coordination with Conde, especially after his visit to Cairo in May. Sisi also called for preparing for the next round of the joint committee to boost cooperation.

Official Visits to Egypt

Russian President's Visit (December 11, 2017)

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin upon arrival at Cairo International Airport. President Sisi and his Russian counterpart held bilateral talks. Both sides discussed ways of boosting bilateral relations in various domains, particularly the political, trade, economic and energy fields as well as number of regional issues of common interest.

President El Sisi and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin held a press conference and witnessed the signing of an agreement to start the establishment of a power plant project in Dabaa and providing it with nuclear fuel. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi announced that he discussed with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin means of fostering bilateral relations especially in joint industry, food security, trade and investment in Egypt via establishing a Russian industrial zone in the Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone). They also agreed on assigning ministers concerned to follow up the files and solve any problems that may hinder the establishment of the projects in order to be completed in the near future.

Palestinian President's Visit (December 11, 2017)

President Sisi stressed Egypt’s firm stance on the necessity of preserving the legal and historical status of Jerusalem in a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo. The two leaders had a prolonged session of talks on the latest developments in the Palestinian cause following a recent US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move its embassy to the city.

President Sisi asserted Egypt will continue to support the Palestinian people's legitimate rights to establish an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital. The two sides tackled the dangerous repercussions of the US decision on the status of Jerusalem and the Middle East peace process. They agreed to continue coordination and consultation and exploit the current international momentum opposing the US decision.

President's meetings with foreign officials

December 3: President Sisi conferred with US Defense Secretary James Mattis, in the presence of Minister of Defense Sedki Sobhi and a number of senior US military officials to discuss counter-terrorism. President Sisi stressed the strength of the Egyptian-US strategic relations, underlining the importance of boosting cooperation between both sides, especially at the military level. Both sides tackled ways of achieving the common interests of the two nations, as well as discussing cooperation in counter-terrorism and restoring security and stability in the Middle East region.

December 5: President Sisi received Prince Sultan bin Salman, THE head of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH). President Sisi highlighted the importance of promoting Egyptian-Saudi relations at all levels to boost Arab solidarity. The meeting also tackled cultural cooperation between the two countries and means to renovate historical sites to preserve heritage.

December 10: President Sisi met Chairman of the Libyan Presidential Council Fayez al Sarraj. Sisi reiterated Egypt’s firm stance on the necessity for reaching a political solution to the Libyan crisis. Also, Sisi underlined the importance of concluding a political agreement that could represent the corner stone in regaining stability to the North African country and preserve its sovereignty and territorial integrity. Furthermore, President Sisi and al Sarraj reviewed the latest political developments on the Libyan arena and efforts exerted by the UN special envoy.  The two sides have touched on Egypt’s endeavors with various Libyan political factions to support the political path in Libya. Moreover, President Sisi has called on all Libyan parties to give a top priority to the country’s national interest and stability, in addition to focusing on the re-construction of the state’s institutions.

December 16: President Sisi stressed the importance of adopting a broad strategy to tackle the fundamental causes of illegal immigration. Sisi’s remarks came during a meeting with European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos. Highlighting the reasons behind the problem, Sisi pointed out that handling this crisis would never be by security measures alone, but also through settling the existing crises in the Middle East and African states, boosting the efforts of development in these countries and improving the standards of living for their peoples. The president said a key role could be played by the EU in these efforts. Sisi asserted to Avramopoulos Egypt’s interest in boosting cooperation with the EU in various fields, including fighting illegal immigration. The president got the EU official updated with the burdens Egypt is shouldering to host millions of refugees, noting that his country didn’t have refugee camps, but they freely live and enjoy services like all Egyptians.

December 16: President Sisi received French Defense Minister Florence Parly in presence of Minister of Defense and Military Production Sedki Sobhi. Sisi stressed during the meeting the strong and deep relations binding Egypt and France. He lauded current close cooperation between both countries in the military field, expressing keenness on developing this cooperation in the coming phase. Sisi also affirmed the importance of continuing intensive coordination and consultation between Cairo and Paris on issues and challenges of mutual concern.

December 17: President Sisi received Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti. Sisi said the probe into Regeni's murder has achieved positive results thanks to judicial cooperation between the two countries. Sisi said that Egypt is keen on promoting strategic partnership with Italy at all levels. Minetti, meanwhile, thanked Sisi for his strong determination to reach facts about the murder of Regeni. He added that the coming period would witness more cooperation between the two countries in the field of combating illegal migration and terrorism.

December 30: President Sisi stressed the importance of continuing intensified coordination and consultation between Egypt and Saudi Arabia over various issues within the framework of partnership and cooperation between them. This remark came during Sisi's reception of Saudi General Sport Authority Chairman Turki al Sheikh in the presence of Saudi Ambassador in Cairo Ahmed Qattan. The Saudi official conveyed the greetings of the Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz to Sisi, expressing the keenness of the kingdom to promote partnership with Egypt in the various domains. He further offered condolences of his country over the victims of the terrorist attack on Mar Mina Church in Helwan, voicing Saudi Arabia's support for Egypt in fighting terrorism that threatens the whole world. Sisi expressed appreciation with the strong ties binding the two countries and peoples. 

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