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President’s Activities during December 2023

Tuesday، 09 January 2024 - 12:56 PM

During the month of December 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s activities varied, both locally and abroad. The activities comprise field tours, conferences and internal visits, receiving heads of state and kings, receiving foreign Arab and African officials, phone calls and telegrams, and delivering speeches. Following are the monthly activities of the president in detail:

Meetings with government officials

On December 10, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Dr. Mohamed Shaker, Head of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority Major General Ahmed Al-Azazy and Executive Director of the Future of Egypt for Sustainable Development Authority Colonel Pilot Bahaa El-Ghannam.


The  meeting followed up on the implementation of the national agricultural production project, Future of Egypt, and its role in developing the agricultural system, supporting the digital transformation in the agricultural sector, and producing approved seeds for strategic crops, in addition to the production of crops for export, protected agriculture activities, animal production, among others.
The meeting focused on means to develop the infrastructure required for the success of the project, especially electrical energy, in cooperation and coordination between the relevant national agencies.
The President gave directives to continue intensive efforts to complete the strategic objectives of the project, in a way that is reflected in the state’s plan for agricultural expansion, protecting food security for the Egyptian people, and increasing agricultural exports, within the framework of Egypt’s comprehensive development plan.

On December 11,2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities Dr. Assem El-Gazzar, Advisor to the President for Urban Planning Major General Amir Sayed Ahmed and Head of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority Major General Ahmed Al-Azazy.

The meeting followed up on the status of new cities projects in various areas and the ongoing government efforts for their development to ensure highlighting the development dimension in the new cities as well as in national urban modernization processes, and therefore contributing to the restoration of the face of cultural development across the country, in a way that preserves the Egyptian heritage and architectural character in its various forms.

The President gave directives to complete the new projects within the specified period and to ensure that the new cities represent a real addition to the national economy by including suitable development projects, in a way that preserves the sustainability of those cities and their ability to attract and generate productive and commercial activities. The President stressed that building new cities aims, in addition to accommodating population density and distributing it throughout the country, to achieve optimal benefit from the comparative advantages of the various areas, which represents an added and renewable value to the Egyptian economy.

On December 12, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Prime Minister, Dr. Moustafa Madbouly, and Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, Hani Sewilam. The meeting was also attended by Head of the General Intelligence Service, Major General Abbas Kamel.

During the meeting, the President reviewed progress of the ongoing cooperation and collaboration projects in the field of irrigation and water resources with Nile Basin countries, particularly rainwater harvesting reservoirs and underground drinking water stations. This is in addition to projects aimed to purify irrigation canals, protect against flood risks, and establish river ports.

President El-Sisi stressed the vital importance of cooperation with Nile Basin countries, which represents one of the fundamentals of Egyptian-African joint action, notably in light of the human potential as well as diverse technical and institutional expertise that Egypt possesses in the field of water resources and other areas. The President noted that this contributes to the implementation of a number of joint development projects that render joint benefit for the African continent.

On December 19, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received at Al-Ittihadyiya Palace the 2024 presidential candidates, namely Mr. Hazem Omar, the Head of the People’s Republican Party; Mr. Farid Zahran, the Chairman of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party; and Mr. Abdel-Sanad Yamama, the Head of the Wafd Party. The meeting was also attended by Counselor Mahmoud Fawzy, the Head of the President’s electoral campaign.

During the meeting, the President welcomed the candidates and expressed his appreciation for their political performance during the election process, which took place in a manner that enriches pluralism and diversity in the Egyptian political and democratic landscape. President El-Sisi pointed out that the real success for Egypt was the high and record-breaking voter turnout in the elections, which demonstrated the Egyptian people’s awareness of their national responsibility.

The Presidential candidates extended their congratulations to the President, and lauded the success of the election process as well as the overwhelming turnout of the citizens and their commitment to participating in the elections, in a manner consistent with the supreme national interest. They voiced their sincere wishes for the President’s success in achieving Egypt's interests, which is the ultimate goal for all national political factions, particularly at this delicate period as the region is encountering formidable challenges.

The Heads of the political parties outlined their political visions for enhancing national development efforts in the coming period. They confirmed that they would continue their efforts in a manner that serves the interests of Egypt and its people. President El-Sisi valued their views and asserted that dialogue among the various political parties in society is a core component for the advancement of society and a fundamental feature of the New Republic.

On December 21, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Transport Kamel El Wazir, Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Ashraf Atwa, Head of the Financial Affairs Authority of the Armed Forces Lieutenant General Ahmed El-Shazli and Head of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority Major General Ahmed Al Azazy.


During the meeting, the President was briefed on the progress of a number of national projects implemented by the Ministry of Transport, especially the Gargoub development project, which aims to transform the area surrounding Gargoub commercial port into a special economic zone, and to benefit from the port to create a new window for foreign trade and modern industries in northwestern Egypt.
The minister of transport outlined the components of this huge development project, which aims to make use of the area’s advantages within a comprehensive framework, including developing the port, urban and industrial development of the surrounding areas, and benefiting from the project to create an area to generate renewable energy. This is in addition to making the best use of the project’s waterfront as a tourist destination with the aim of developing modern industries and developing the economic conditions of the residents of the area and the entire of Matrouh, by establishing an area for factories, a business center, and new residential and service neighborhoods, as well as hotels and tourist resorts. The meeting also discussed one of the important projects within the framework of the development plan, which is the green hydrogen production and export project, in cooperation with the alliance led by DEME Group. The total foreign direct investments in the project amount to 26 billion dollars during the coming years.
President El-Sisi gave directives to continue the implementation of the project and make the best use of the characteristics of the area in a manner consistent with the needs of Egypt’s development and economic vision, especially focusing on industry and trade and attracting population growth to the area. The President stressed the importance of taking into account international standards related to industrial zone planning and environmental protection considerations, emphasizing the key role of the port development process in enhancing Egyptian leadership as an international hub for trade the and provision of logistical services, in a way that makes optimal use of Egypt’s geographical location, also integrates and supports the state’s development plan to achieve a comprehensive renaissance in Egypt.

On December 23, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy Dr. Mohamed Shaker,
and Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Engineer Tarek El-Molla.

During the meeting, the President was briefed on the government’s efforts to implement the national strategy for green hydrogen. Hydrogen production scenarios were reviewed as well as the action plan during the next phase at the executive and legislative levels, and procedures for building national capabilities.

The strategy aims for Egypt to become one of the leading countries in the low-carbon hydrogen economy in the world, which will allow the creation of more jobs, increase national income in the coming years, and reduce emissions, in line with national efforts to protect the environment.

The meeting reviewed the projects scheduled to be launched in the next phase of implementing the national strategy, and the role that the state will play in reducing the cost of hydrogen production, as well as the targeted scenarios for reducing Egypt’s imports of petroleum products.

The President gave directives for the government to begin implementing the projects that had been agreed upon, and provide the necessary infrastructure for them, stressing that shifting to sustainable energy is one of the basic elements of Egypt’s Vision 2030, and reflects Egypt’s interest in comprehensive development, in addition to its economic returns, which represent a real addition to national development.

On December 24, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly and Minister of Finance Dr. Mohamed Maait.
The meeting followed-up on the financial performance indicators of the general budget. The minister of finance outlined ongoing efforts to achieve the budget targets, mainly the continuation of maintaining financial stability, in light of the current global crisis. This is in addition to working to increase the supply of goods and services by improving the investment climate, developing the infrastructure, enhancing competitiveness and investing in human resources by increasing expenditure on health and education, as well as improving productivity to achieve higher growth rates, while continuing the intensive efforts aimed at reducing inflation.
President El-Sisi gave directives to continue developing the performance and improving the efficiency of project implementation so as to improve the indicators of the general budget and reduce the overall budget deficit. This is while intensifying work in various developmental and service projects that have direct impact on citizens, as well as supporting social protection programs, as the number of beneficiaries of the Takaful and Karama program reached 22 million citizens, who make up more than 5 million families, in various governorates. This is also while taking into account that the benefits achieved from the program are not limited to providing a cash pension, but also include many important social aspects, such as reducing the illiteracy rate among the beneficiaries.
President El-Sisi emphasized that the main goal of all efforts undertaken by the state is to improve the conditions of citizens, raise their standard of living and build a state that is capable of providing a decent and dignified quality of life, in a sustainable manner, for all its citizens.

On December 24, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Minister of Defense and Military Production, General Mohamed Zaki.

On December 25, 2023,  President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Prime Minister, Dr. Moustafa Madbouly; Minister of Transport Kamel El-Wazir; Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation El-Sayed El- Quseir; Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Hani Sewilam; Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority Admiral Osama Rabie; and Head of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority Major General Ahmed Al-Azazy.  

The meeting discussed a number of issues pertinent to the government’s work, including efforts to remove encroachments as well as dredging work in Egypt's lakes. This is in addition to development programs and projects, which are currently being implemented to leverage the resources of these lakes, as well as the legislative frameworks for the protection of the lakes and the regulation of their management.

President El-Sisi gave directives to the government to strengthen efforts toward upgrading all lakes across the Republic and boosting the economic component in the development projects, by organizing berths and fishermen’s boats so as to take full advantage of the fisheries resources and capitalize on the projects to create job opportunities. This shall take place while leveraging the surrounding areas to form urban communities and tourist centers, thus contributing to raising the standards of living in those areas. The President also underscored the need to rely on national companies, while ensuring a harmonious alignment with the environment.

On December 30, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly and Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Rania Al-Mashat.

The meeting touched on national efforts to strengthen multilateral and bilateral cooperation frameworks through the activation of economic diplomacy, mainly supporting and empowering the private sector in Egypt. 

Dr. Al-Mashat explained that soft loans worth $10.3 billion have been provided to the private sector in Egypt over the past four years in the form of financial and technical support.

President El-Sisi was briefed on the progress of the implementation of the "Hafiz" platform for financial and technical support for the private sector, which is the first integrated platform that connects development partners with the private sector. It includes a variety of services provided by development partners, whether at the level of financial support, technical support, investments, concessional development financing, and training and capacity-building programs.


The meeting also reviewed the most important aspects of the annual report of the Ministry of International Cooperation, Platforms for Policy and Practice, which includes the results of international partnerships with development partners and concessional development financing. It comes within the framework of the government's keenness to enhance the principles of transparency and governance within the framework of international cooperation and development financing.

The meeting also touched on the developments of the NWFE program, especially the results of the meeting between the government and representatives of international financial institutions and development partners to follow- up on the performance of the program. A joint statement was issued with development partners from the national platform for the NWFE program, which lauded the sectoral policies that the government has adopted to encourage the participation of the private sector in the platform, and the government's decision to update its Nationally Determined Contributions to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon development path. This is in addition to succeeding in the conclusion of a debt swap agreement with Germany to finance the energy axis of the program, while confirimg that NWFE platform is a practical model to be emulated in mobilizing climate investments on a large scale.

President El-Sisi gave directives to continue developing the frameworks of international cooperation in development projects, and to review them periodically to ensure that they meet the national needs and priorities. The President emphasized the importance of focusing on enhancing investment in human capital, as well as providing services and social protection fairly across the country. The President also stressed the fundamental role of the private sector in achieving comprehensive development in Egypt and the state's keenness to activate and support its role.

On December 31, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Prime Minister, Dr. Moustafa Madbouly, and Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, Mr. Hassan Abdallah.

The meeting followed-up on the indicators of the global economic situation as well as the Egyptian economy and the performance of the banking sector in the country. The CBE’s Governor offered an overview of a number of relevant issues, including the Central Bank’s latest decisions, effective January 1, 2024, exempting customers from all fees and commissions for electronic bank transfer services for individuals in Egyptian pounds. The decisions aim to encourage citizens to use digital financial services, which contributes to completing financial transactions swiftly and in a flexible manner, as part of the state’s policy toward digital transformation and financial inclusion.

The meeting also tackled efforts to provide the necessary production requirements for the development process and other priority sectors. President EL-Sisi gave directives to enhance and further strengthen efforts in this regard in order to create conducive conditions to attract more foreign investment and empower the private sector.

Field tours

On December 4, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi witnessed the inauguration of Egypt Defense Expo, EDEX 2023, for defense and military industries and inspected several pavilions in the exhibition.

On December 7, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi attended eligibility and agility tests for the students of the Egyptian Military Academy and Military Colleges at the Military Academy.

On December 8, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi inspected the construction work to develop a number of roads and axes in Greater Cairo. The tour included an inspection of the construction work on the Major General Mahmoud Nasr Axis, which is one of the most important new main axes being constructed to reduce traffic loads on the Cairo-Suez and Cairo-Ismailia roads. It is 19 km long, starting from the intersection of the Middle Ring Road to the Adly Mansour Interchange Station, which helps the smooth flow of transportation to eastern Cairo, in the neighbourhoods of Heliopolis and Gesr Suez, all the way to the central and western Cairo.

The President checked on the progress of work from the workers and stressed the importance of this axis to change the traffic pattern in Cairo and to serve citizens by providing different movement opportunities for vehicles, in addition to supporting the development approach pursued by the state. The President gave directives to continue considering the maintenance of the quality of implementation and taking into account the environmental aspect while constructing various roads in Cairo, in accordance with international specifications, as well as preparing a study to find the best ways to use the lands surrounding these roads.

On December 9, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi visited the headquarters of the Police Academy. The President also attended assessment tests for new students applying to join the academy.

Receiving kings and presidents

On December 5, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received at Ittihadia Palace the President of Cyprus, Nikos Christodoulides.

the meeting touched on relations between the two countries. Both sides affirmed keenness to continue strengthening the distinguished and close relations that have been developing steadily during the recent period.

The two presidents reviewed ways to expand this cooperation in a number of priority files, mainly energy, while exploring new horizons for consolidating relations, whether at the bilateral level or through the tripartite cooperation mechanism among Egypt, Cyprus, and Greece.

The meeting also touched on the regional developments, especially the escalation in the Gaza Strip.

President El-Sisi reviewed Egypt’s efforts to reach a permanent ceasefire in the Strip and stressed the need for the international community to assume its responsibilities in this regard. The President also reviewed Egypt’s diligent efforts to deliver Egyptian humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza Strip and confirmed Egypt’s readiness to receive and coordinate with all international efforts directed to the Strip.

The Cypriot President praised Egypt’s tireless efforts to calm the situation, as well as on the humanitarian level and stressed Cyprus’ keenness on continuous coordination with Egypt in this regard, in light of the vision shared by the two countries on the priority of establishing peace and ensuring stability in the region. President El-Sisi stressed the necessity of international action to advance the implementation of the two-state solution and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, as the way to achieve peace, security and stability in the region.

On December 27, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received the King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein, at Cairo International Airport. The President later accompanied King Abdullah II to Ittihadia Palace.

The two leaders held discussions. Both leaders expressed satisfaction with the pace of coordination and consultation between the two countries, which reflects the great importance of relations between the two peoples and the two leaderships. The two leaders discussed ways to further develop  relations across various fields to be commensurate with the special and close bilateral relations.  

Talks also focused on regional developments, especially in the Gaza Strip and the humanitarian tragedy it faces, which resulted in thousands of deaths and injuries and the displacement of hundreds of thousands. 

This is in addition to the vast destruction of the infrastructure and facilities in the Strip. Both leaders affirmed their complete rejection of all attempts to liquidate the Palestinian issue or to displace the Palestinians from their lands or their internal displacement,  stressing that the only solution that the international community must push towards implementing is an immediate ceasefire, and the entry of relief aid in the necessary quantities and at the speed that will make a real difference in alleviating the suffering of the people of the Gaza Strip. This is while seriously pushing towards a political track for a just and comprehensive settlement, leading to the establishment of an independent Palestinian state along the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of international legitimacy.  The two leaders also stressed that the international community bears a great political and moral responsibility to implement the resolutions of the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly, in a way that preserves the credibility of the international system, stressing that it was important for the conflict not to expand in a way that destabilizes security and stability at the regional and international levels.

Receiving officials

On December 17, 2023,   President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received the credentials of a number of new Ambassadors to the Arab Republic of Egypt:

 

The Ambassador of The Kingdom of Bahrain, Ms. Fawzia bint Abdulla Zainal

The Ambassador of The Kingdom of Denmark, Ms. Anne Dorte Riggelsen

The Ambassador of The Republic of Korea, Mr. Kim Yong-Hyun

The Ambassador of The Republic of Austria, Mr. Georg Pöstinger

The Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mr. Thabet Subasic

The Ambassador of The Federative Republic of Brazil, Mr. Paulino Franco de Carvalho

The Ambassador of The Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr. Peter Mollema

The Ambassador of The Republic of Türkiye, Mr. Salih Mutlu Şen

The Ambassador of The Republic of Latvia, Mr. Andris Razāns

The Ambassador of The Republic of Senegal, Mr. Kemoko Diakite

The Ambassador of Mexico, Ms. Rosaura Leonora Rueda Gutiérrez

The Ambassador of The Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Mr. Al-Hussein Sidi Abdellah

The Ambassador of The State of Qatar, Mr. Tariq Ali Faraj Al-Ansari

The Ambassador of Romania, Ms. Olivia Toderean

The Ambassador of The Republic of Rwanda, Mr. Dan Munyuza

The Ambassador of People's Republic of Bangladesh, Ms. Samina Naz

The Ambassador of The United Republic of Tanzania, Mr. Richard Mutayoba Makanzo

The Ambassador of The People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, Mr. Abdelaziz ben Ali Al-Sharif

The Ambassador of The Republic of Yemen, Mr. Khaled Mahfoudh Bahah

The Ambassador of The Kyrgyz Republic, Mr. Ulukbek Maripov

 

President El-Sisi welcomed the new Ambassadors to Egypt, wishing them success in their duties. The President confirmed Egypt's keenness on strengthening bilateral relations and on further promoting the ongoing coordination and consultations with their respective countries on various issues and dossiers of mutual interest.

On December 19, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received Greece’s Minister of National Defense, Nikolaos Dendias. The meeting was also attended by Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Minister of Defense and Military Production, General Mohamed Zaki, and the Ambassador of Greece to Egypt.

The Greek Minister of National Defense conveyed the greetings and congratulations of Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, to President El-Sisi, noting that the results of the presidential elections demonstrated the Egyptian people’s confidence in his leadership. Mr. Dendias lauded Egypt’s positive role and leverage in its regional milieu, in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean, and valued the ongoing cooperation between Egypt and Greece, at both the bilateral level and within the framework of the Trilateral Cooperation Mechanism with Cyprus.

President El-Sisi confirmed that Egypt appreciates the special and historical relations it shares with Greece, emphasizing its commitment to further advancing the dynamic progress in their ties, in a manner that serves the interests of the two peoples and strengthens areas of joint cooperation across all levels.

The meeting tackled ways to forge closer bilateral relations, notably in the fields of defense and military cooperation. It also focused on the situation in the region, primarily developments in the Palestinian territories. President El-Sisi reviewed Egypt’s efforts to achieve a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and ensure the unfettered access of humanitarian relief and aid into the Strip. The President underscored the vital importance of protecting the people in Gaza from the catastrophic humanitarian situation they have been enduring. President El-Sisi reiterated that Egypt’s government and people will continue to provide relief assistance to the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and to coordinate and deliver aid provided by the international community. The President reaffirmed the imperative need to exert intensive international efforts to enforce the implementation of UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions. President El-Sisi and the Greek Minister of National Defense concurred about the gravity of the situation, the need for de-escalation, and the necessity to work toward finding political solutions for the current crisis, in order to preserve regional security and stability in the face of the growing threats.

On December 21, 2023, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron. The meeting was attended by Minister of Foreign Affairs Sameh Shoukry, Minister of State for the Middle East and North Africa Affairs at the UK Foreign Office Lord Tariq Ahmad and UK Ambassador to Egypt Gareth Bayley.
Mr. Cameron delivered a letter to President El-Sisi from British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, in which he offered his congratulations to the President on his re-election and stressed his country’s keenness to continue strengthening cooperation and coordination with Egypt in various fields. The meeting touched on ways to develop bilateral relations and reviewed existing cooperation efforts across all fields, especially at the economic level, mainly increasing investments and exchange, to achieve the interests of the two peoples.
The meeting also touched on the regional developments. The UK foreign secretary thanked Egypt and the President for their role in maintaining regional security
and stability, as well as Egypt’s intensive efforts on both the political and humanitarian tracks with regard to the current situation in Gaza. The two sides stressed on the necessity of reaching a sustainable ceasefire, and the provision of sufficient relief aid to meet the humanitarian needs of the people of the Gaza Strip in order to end the humanitarian calamity in the sector. The President and UK foreign secretary emphasized rejection of the displacement of Palestinians, and the importance of working to prevent the expansion of the conflict to other areas in the region. The President underscored the need for the international community to fulfill its responsibilities in implementing the resolutions of the UN Security Council and the UN General Assembly regarding the situation in Gaza, in addition to working seriously and determinedly to reach a fair and comprehensive settlement of the Palestinian issue through the implementation of the two-state solution.


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