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Egypt Unveils Citizen Investment Plan for New Valley Governorate Amidst Development Drive

Egypt's Ministry of Planning unveils ambitious investment plan for New Valley Governorate, aiming to boost development and improve quality of life for citizens.

By: Mohamed Zain

Sat, Apr. 13, 2024

The Ministry of Planning and Economic Development unveiled today the Citizen Investment Plan for New Valley Governorate for the year 2023/2024, as part of its ongoing efforts to announce the Citizen Plan in all governorates of the republic for the fifth consecutive year. The aim is to raise awareness among citizens about the orientations and priorities of the Sustainable Development Plan for the fiscal year 2023/2024, and its role in achieving "Egypt Vision 2030".

Dr. Hala El-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, emphasized that launching the "Citizen Plan" reflects the state's keenness to involve citizens in efforts to develop the planning and monitoring systems, with the aim of achieving sustainable and comprehensive development. This contributes to addressing developmental disparities among different governorates, localizing the Sustainable Development Goals, and achieving Goal 17 of the Global Sustainable Development Goals, "Partnerships for the Goals".

She stressed that the citizen is the real focus of development, and therefore it is necessary to empower and provide them with data about the programs and development projects implemented by the state. She added that all developmental plans adopted by the state aim to improve the quality of life for citizens, and this cannot be achieved without active community participation, in line with "Egypt Vision 2030".

Regarding the investment plan for New Valley Governorate, El-Saeed explained that the number of development projects in the governorate reaches 242 projects. The value of public investments directed to New Valley Governorate in the plan for the year 2023/2024 amounts to 13.2 billion pounds, an increase of 238% over the previous year's plan, in addition to projects directed through the Egyptian Countryside Development Project "Decent Life".

As for the sectoral distribution of the targeted public investments in New Valley Governorate in the plan for the year 2023/2024, the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development's report indicated that investments amounting to 10.7 billion pounds are allocated to the transport sector, accounting for 81%, while the housing sector is allocated 736.7 million pounds, representing 6%. Local development sector investments amount to 640 million pounds, representing 5%, higher education sector is allocated 387.6 million pounds, representing 3%, and the health sector is allocated 293 million pounds, representing 2%. Other sectors receive investments totaling 550 million pounds.

The report clarified that the number of villages targeted in the first phase of the "Decent Life" initiative in New Valley Governorate is 26 villages, with a beneficiary population of 29,000 individuals. The initiative's projects, which achieve all Sustainable Development Goals, include 6 agricultural service complexes, 9 ambulance points, 8 health units, 102 classrooms, 13 schools, 2 family development centers, a rehabilitation center, 26 sewage projects, 6 treatment plants, 21 mobile network towers for fiber optic network connection, 15 main and internal road paving projects totaling 67 km, 18 youth centers, 6 government service complexes, 5 post offices, and 24 electricity projects.