Prime Minister statement before house of representatives
Wednesday، 09 October 2019 - 10:48 PM
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly gave a statement on Tuesday October 8, 2019, before the house of representatives during the general session of the house. He greeted the great Egyptian people, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, house of representatives and the brave armed forces and police on the 46th anniversary of October war victory.
The Prime Minister noted that this great war confirms that the Egyptian Armed Forces will always be the protective shield of the Egyptian people and the bedrock of the nation’s stability against all attempts that target harming the stability and security of the nation. He praised the efforts and sacrifices that the armed forces side by side with the brave police made in the war against brutal terrorism.
The Prime Minister congratulated the respectable house of representatives on the occasion of the beginning of the fifth periodical session, praising the efforts made by the house during the last four years, in a very hard times full of unprecedented local, regional and international new conditions. These conditions required tireless and unprecedented efforts where a huge number of legislations in all fields were issued, which have been essential to reform and build the future of this nation, which in return helped the state executive agencies, topped by the government, to implement its programs.
The Prime Minister said “I stand before you today to present what have been achieved during the 15 months since forming this government, confirming that the government methodology is to continue what the previous governments have started under the leadership of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, President of the Republic, as every government is an extension of the previous according to an integrative culture of vision and goals that everyone seek to apply, noting at the same time that the government is working on achieving the security stability and pushing the wheel development foreword in various fields in the state, after a previous hard time that witnessed many political and security instability.
The Prime Minister said: in the last period of time the issue of the state agencies stance from the latest event was raised, and indeed the government took action according to law towards these measures, and here I greet the policemen who dealt with this matter decisively and with no wrongdoings and big problems.
And on the efforts exerted by the government Madbouly said: we will talk honestly and with transparency, and we have to know our status since mid-2014 to know our status during the current phase, stressing that in mid-2014 the infrastructure was failing or ailing in many sectors: electricity, water and sanitation, with no ability to provide the basic needs for the citizens, and a very high unemployment rate was there as a result of many projects had stopped and the private sector hadn’t participated effectively in the investment in various fields due to the conditions the state went through, in addition to the return of millions of Egyptians from the Arab countries that have a kind of instabilities, saying: “the economy was collapsed, let alone the tourism sector that stopped completely.”
The Prime Minister confirmed that given to these changes the state was directed to hard work to build the state, and here I clearly mean basically building the state, and as a government we sought to achieve stability, pump an enormous amount of investments in the projects and provide the basic needs for the state and the citizens, as hundreds of billions have been pumped in the fields of energy, gas and petroleum products, saying: “concerning the energy in 2014 we couldn’t secure the needs of gas for two weeks”.
The Prime Minister added that the State has started a reform process since then by undertaking a hard and continuous work to consolidate and establish the state building and security stability, and achieve growth in various sectors, in line with the enormous challenges faced by the state at that time. The State has been working to change the previous cultures, and build on what the current government is doing to deliver it to the successive governments, according to plans, programs and visions agreed upon.
Dr. Madbouly explained that this reform process included an unprecedented program to solve problems related to infrastructure and the implementation of projects in the fields of energy, electricity, gas or petroleum products. It also addressed the severe shortage of reserves of those products, which was sometimes up to one week only. Egypt started establishing a large number of projects in the power, roads and energy sectors to create enormous job opportunities, and build a strong state, he added.
The government started implementing a program of economic reform in cooperation with the International Monetary Fund and other international institutions in November 2016, he said, at a time the world was describing the Egyptian economy as very critical with high risks.
The foreign reserves could be enough to meet Egypt's needs for less than two months, he said, adding that the reform program achieved in three years a growth rate of 5.6 percent, which is the highest since 2010. Unemployment rate went down from 13 percent in 2014 to 7.5 percent this year, he added.
The premier Indicated that after 15 months since the formation of this government, it became clear that foreign exchange rate has improved. Inflation rate also went down while the foreign reserves increased to meet Egypt's needs for one year, said the Primer. Also, tourism started flourishing and achieved the highest revenues this year while the budget deficit went down to 8.2 percent, he said.
International financial corporations are now having a positive outlook towards the Egyptian economy, he said, adding that the International Monetary Fund has lauded the Egyptian economic reform program.
The government is aware that the reform program adds a burden on the citizen but without this program the exchange rate would have reached 35 pounds for the dollar, he pointed out. This would have also led to very high prices, he added.
Madbouly announced that the government started to automate the social security project and unify the social security program with the Solidarity and Dignity initiative, saying that the aim of those projects is for social security to reach eligible families.
The president has previously issued his directives for enhancing social protection, which included increasing the minimum wages and pensions, Madbouly pointed out, reiterating that the state raised the amounts allocated for the Takaful and Karama project from LE17, 500 billion to LE18 billion with additional 100,000 families benefiting from the program, he added.
He added that supply support budget raised to 89 billion pounds, explaining that the percentage of villagers whom villages saw sanitation projects raised from 11% to 38% and we are working on it to reach 42%.
Madbouly pointed in health, that it was compelled on the government to achieve what make citizen feel of big, fast achievements, and with guidance of President Abdel Fatah Al Sisi to implement a number of initiatives, we performed 260,000 surgical operations for citizens, eliminated waiting lists and became a non-existent phenomenon, with setting dates to every new case.
Madbouly announced that by the end of next year, the automation of all basic services that citizens will suffer in all governorates will be completed in light of the administrative reform program of the services program initiated by the government.
Madbouly added: "We have tended to introduce this administrative reform to reduce suffering of citizen who may have to wait two days to get the service they want, such as issuing a certificate or a replacement card or other services."
The Prime Minister explained that these services will be activated through mobile phones or post offices, and it is expected by the end of the year that the basic services will be automated.
On the state and plan to build new cities, Dr. Mostafa Madbouly explained that the government is working on building more of these cities, which were deserted completely, and were being violated and projected on them away from the state, so the state view is to enter and implement projects of building new cities to accommodate the increase in population, adding: “Based on my experience and previous work in the Ministry of Housing, please refer to the People's Assembly in the early eighties, where the Council asked the government to come here to discuss with him the feasibility of the implementation of new cities, There are 22 cities, such as 10th of Ramadan, Sadat, Sheikh Zayed, October and others, where 9 million citizens currently live, and imagine if these cities were not implemented now.. How was the citizen? This is what we do today to implement new cities.
Dr. Madbouly cited the new administrative capital as an example, which was a desert land, where the New Urban Communities Authority took over the implementation of this city with 14 other cities. He added: "Is this situation good and beautiful? No, of course, and there are challenges, and we are bearing the problems from 30 to 40 years."
Speaking to the parliament deputies, Dr. Mostafa Madbouly pointed out that Egypt is facing one of the fiercest unconventional warfare, which depends mainly on creating confusion, fostering an atmosphere of frustration and shaking the historical confidence between the people and their institutions and questioning the capabilities of the institutions that protect the country, especially the armed forces.
This institution was and will continue to be the backbone on which our state is based, saying: "Everyone knows that no one can get out of this homeland in a conventional war, and every one also knows that the Egyptian army is one of most powerful armies in the world”.
He said: “We must be aware that there are groups and countries that do not interest in Egypt progress, or in continuing to achieve the same high growth rates currently achieved, and what these entities do is not a direct war or attack by conventional armies, but through striking internal cohesion and work Stressing the instability by moving specific groups within the society, or exploiting the impact of categories of Egyptian society to economic pressures to question the feasibility of what is happening on the ground, stressing that the state with its institutions will stand as an outstanding block against each hand tampering with its capabilities, and the people will not allow the repetition of the scenario of chaos again.