Irrigation Minister lauds fruitful cooperation with UNDP

Irrigation and Water Resources Minister Hani Sewilam has praised current good cooperation between the ministry and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

The minister’s remarks came during his meeting with Abdallah Al Dardari, Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the UNDP bureau for Arab states, to discuss means to boost future cooperation between both sides.

Sewilam shed light on the UNDP-supported project for ‘Enhancing climate change adaptation in the North Coast and Nile Delta Regions in Egypt.

The project is funded by a grant from the Green Climate Fund in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program at a value of USD 31.4 million. The project aims to protect the densely populated low-lying lands in the Nile Delta, the home of 25 percent of the Egyptian population, which have been identified as highly vulnerable to climate change induced sea-level rise.

The project will also support the development of an Integrated Coastal Zone Management Plan (ICZM) for the North Coast of E
gypt that links the plan for shore protection from sea-level rise with the national development plan of the coastal zones.

The minister also highlighted the importance of the international initiative to adapt to climate change (AWARe) that Egypt launched during the activities of the 2022 UN climate conference, COP27, noting that it will contribute to meeting Africa’s development requirements in the areas related to water resources and adaptation to climate change, and providing the necessary training to African cadres.

For his part, Al Dardari commended great efforts exerted by the Irrigation Ministry in different sectors, particularly efforts focused on upgrading water systems and adapting to climate change effects.

Source: State Information Service Egypt

CBE: Bank finance portfolios for MSMEs grew by 362% in 6 years

The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) announced that banks’ finance portfolios for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) grew by 362% in six years (December 2015 to December 2023).

In a report obtained by MENA on the main indicators of financial inclusion for 2023, the bank stated that micro and small-sized enterprises received funding worth EGP 32.7 billion during this period, noting that nearly 235,000 entrepreneurs benefited from financial education and awareness programs.

The bank indicated that the proportion of citizens in the age group of 16 years old and above, who have accounts either at banks or Egypt Post or mobile wallets or pre-paid cards, jumped to around 70.7%, representing a total of 66.4 million persons.

Regarding financial inclusion for women, indicators showed that the number of women who own financial accounts reached 20.3 million women in December 2023, with a growth rate of 244% compared to 2016, bringing the financial inclusion rate to 62.7%.

The report pointed out that the t
otal number of women who have mobile wallets stood at 4.5 million, while the number of women who have pre-paid cards amounted to 6 million and the number of women who own bank and postal accounts hit 20.1 million.

Source: State Information Service Egypt

Egyptian Naval Forces receive UN delegation, led by Ghada Wali

The Egyptian Navy had a meeting on Friday 5/7/2024 with a delegation of the United Nations, led by Ghada Wali, the executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Commander of the Egyptian Navy Rear Vice Admiral Ashraf Ibrahim Atwa attended the meeting that took up the remarkable development of the naval forces and the daunting tasks assigned to them to secure the Egyptian coasts and territorial and economic waters.

This was followed by an inspection tour of a number of naval units at the Alexandria Naval Base to stand on the advanced capabilities possessed by the naval forces.

During her visit, Wali expressed her deep appreciation of the Armed Forces’ sustained efforts in preserving Egypt’s national security.

For his part, the Commander of the Egyptian Navy stressed the importance of the UNODC’s efforts in preventing crimes.

Source: State Information Service Egypt

PM: President Sisi orders govt to address citizens’ complaints in cooperation with relevant bodies

President Abdel Fattah El Sisi ordered the government to intensify work to hold effective contacts with citizens through the various channels, topped by the unified government complaints system, which plays a crucial role in addressing the various complaints, in cooperation with the relevant ministries and bodies, said Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli.

Madbouli made the remarks while reviewing efforts made by the complaints system in June 2024 through a report, which was presented by Director of the Unified Government Complaints System Tarek el Refaei.

The report highlighted the government’s efforts to deal with citizens’ complaints in the last month.

The total number of complaints submitted through the system in June amounted to 155,000, Refaei said.

Source: State Information Service Egypt

PM directs to accelerate implementation of Fustat Hills Park project

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has directed to intensify efforts to speed up the execution of the Fustat Hills Park project.

The premier’s remarks came on Saturday 6/7/2024 during his tour to check the implementation progress of a number of projects carried out in Cairo, where he was accompanied by the ministers of local development and housing, Cairo governor and a host of respective officials.

Madbouly directed to accelerate the implementation of Fustat Hills Park project to be ready for operation as soon as possible.

The project will offer a window on Egypt’s history, and also aims to be a tourist attraction for regional and international visitors.

The park is built on 500 acres in the center of historic Cairo and is set to be the largest in the Middle East.

The park will also make an “ecological leap” as the largest green space in the heart of Cairo.

Source: State Information Service Egypt

Grand Imam confirms Al Azhar’s readiness to establish Arabic learning centers in Thailand

Al Azhar Grand Imam Ahmed Al Tayyeb praised Thai students at Al Azhar University and other educational institutions for their strong commitment to high morals and to achieving academic excellence.

Al Tayyeb said Al Azhar focuses on fostering channels of communication among all its graduates around the world to promote the universal principles of peace, tolerance, coexistence, and human fraternity.

Al Tayyeb made these remarks during his meeting with King Maha Vajiralongkorn of Thailand in the royal palace in Bangkok.

The Al Azhar Grand Imam and Chairman of the Muslim Council for Elders, expressed his gratitude for the warm reception accorded to him during his visit to Thailand.

He announced Al Azhar’s plans to establish Arabic language centers in Thailand for Muslims to learn the language of Quran, as well as provide training programs for Thai imams.

Additionally, he promised to increase scholarships for Thai Muslim students to study at Al Azhar.

King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand expressed his delight wit
h the Grand Imam’s visit, praising Al Azhar’s efforts in promoting dialogue, peace, tolerance and human coexistence in the world.

He emphasized Thailand’s commitment to strengthening ties with Al Azhar through increased student exchanges, adoption of Al Azhar’s curriculum in religious institutes, and coordination with Islamic centers in Thailand.

Source: State Information Service Egypt