Sisi says army only supervising projects implemented by civilian companies
Sunday، 05 May 2019 - 03:32 PM
All national projects in Egypt are being implemented by Egyptian civilian companies, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi said on Sunday 5/5/2019.
Indeed, some of the projects are implemented under the army’s supervision just to make sure they meet the deadline, Sisi said as he inaugurated a number of such projects in Sinai and Ismailia on Sunday 5/5/2019.
He talked about a false image that is being circulated abroad of the Armed Forces playing solo in those huge projects, stressing the need for Egyptian media to respond to such claims and convey the true picture.
Four companies have implemented two tunnel projects in each of Ismailia and Port Said, Sisi said. The companies are: Petrojet, the Arab Contractors, Orascom and Concord, the president added.
Sisi put at 800 billion pounds the total cost of projects to be implemented in the Canal region until June 30, 2020.
He made it clear that Egyptian workers and engineers are overseeing all the projects.
The army is supervising the projects and not the companies implementing them, Sisi stressed.
He cited three power plants that are being implemented by Siemens under the supervision of the army. In this case Siemens is concerned with the civil construction part, while the Armed Forces are only supervising the implementation, the president explained.
"This issue should be clear to all Egyptians, particularly the media people. We must be assured that projects are being implemented by civilian companies," Sisi said.
It is illogical to claim that all military personnel have such huge capacity needed to serve millions of citizens, the president reasoned.
Hopefully, foreign missions and the State Information Service (SIS) would act to convey this point to the West, Sisi said.
Besides achieving good growth rates, the projects are also meant to create jobs for Egyptian youth, the president made it clear.
The army does play an important role on the Sinai peninsula, as well as the western border with Libya and the southern border with Sudan, Sisi acknowledged.
"We're talking about five governorates, including three in the west of the Canal (Port Said, Ismailia and Suez) and two in the north and southeast of the Canal (North and South Sinai)."
Truly, the population is small in these areas, but the need to fight extremism and terrorism at all levels was crucial to bring investments to the country, Sisi said.
This could not have happened without security and stability, he noted.
"I just want that when talking about Egypt, we put it in the context of the region we're living in, and taking into consideration what other peoples have been through."
"Who would have stood by our side to secure the demands of 100 million citizens?" Sisi wondered.
Egypt has lost billions of dollars, not pounds, since 2011, Sisi said, calling it an economic and a security loss.
He appreciated the help offered by some Arab countries at the beginning, when the situation was really pitiful. "But now we have to depend on ourselves," he stressed.
Only hard work, stability, peace and the fight against terrorism would help build Egypt, the president noted.
Sisi talked about big efforts exerted in Sinai, as well as "unprecedented" spending to develop the peninsula.
He touched upon treatment projects that are meant to secure water needed to complete the cultivation of 400,000 feddans in Sinai.
One such project is the Sarabiom plant in Fayed, which is used to treat one million meters of water daily, Sisi cited.
The President greatly appreciated efforts exerted by government and city hall employees, as well as construction companies to implement the projects.