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‘Citizen Plan’ will localise SDGs across governorates: Planning Minister

Plan contributes to bridging development gaps between Egypt’s governorates

Egypt’s Ministry of Planning and Economic Development has, for the second consecutive year, launched the “Citizen Plan” for fiscal year (FY) 2020/21.

The plan covers all of Egypt’s governorates, and aims to activate community participation and involve citizens in planning and follow-up.

Minister of Planning and Economic Development Hala El-Said said that Egypt’s Vision 2030 aims primarily to improve the quality of life and standard of living among Egyptian citizens. She added that the sustainable development plan for FY 2020/21 is based on public investment in infrastructure, and social and economic projects.

El-Said also said that this ensures that the return on investment reaches all citizens across Egypt, including youth, women, and people with special capabilities. The minister added that low-income people will be the first to reap the fruits of this investment.

This ensures that the plan will provide decent and sustainable job opportunities, embodying the true meaning of social development, along with improving the competitiveness of the Egyptian economy, and enhancing the country’s leadership.

She said that the launch of the “Citizen Plan” comes within the framework of the continuous keenness to link the planning process with Egypt’s Vision 2030, the localization of sustainable development goals, and a continuation of the participatory approach adopted by the ministry with all development partners.

El-Said explained that the “Citizen Plan” is based on evidence-based planning, making use of databases and performance measurement indicators in all developmental areas across Egypt’s 27 governorates. This will take place in a way that ensures bridging the development gaps between them.

For his part, Dr Gamil Helmy, Assistant Minister of Planning and Economic Development to follow up on the implementation of the sustainable development plan said that the “Citizen Plan” is a document directed primarily towards citizens. It will be implemented in a way that ensures their participation in the planning and follow-up processes.

Helmy said that the document includes a detailed presentation of all development indicators and projects being implemented in each governorate separately. He also said that this would enable the citizens to follow up on the implementation of these projects, whether they are being implemented in his governorate, city or village.

Helmy added that the plan also includes the most prominent features, at the national level, of the sustainable development plan for FY 2020/21. This includes the most important economic indicators for each governorate represented in gross domestic product (GDP), the real growth rate, the unemployment rate, and the number of workers.

He said that the most important sectors in each governorate are selected in terms of the value of investments directed to them in the FY 2020/21 investment plan. He also said that performance indicators reflect the current situation in the selected sectors, and the most prominent investment projects being implemented in them.

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