Swiss em­bassy, Egypt’s Min­istry of Hous­ing launch ur­ban de­vel­op­ment project in Qena

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The Em­bassy of Switzer­land in Egypt and the Egyp­tian Min­istry of Hous­ing, Util­i­ties, and Ur­ban Com­mu­ni­ties launched the “Hayenna” (Our District) project, which aims to help lo­cal gov­ern­ments in the Up­per Egyp­tian gover­norate of Qena to im­prove man­age­ment of their land and new ur­ban de­vel­op­ment ini­tia­tives and boost re­lated lo­cal rev­enues.

The Em­bassy of Switzer­land in Egypt said in a Sun­day state­ment that the project is val­ued at $11.8m and it will last from 2018 to 2024, adding, “the con­tri­bu­tion of the Swiss State Sec­re­tar­iat for Eco­nomic Af­fairs (SECO) is $8.1m, while the Egyp­tian govern­ment share is $3.6m.”

Hayenna will be im­ple­mented in Qena and a sec­ond gover­norate to be de­ter­mined dur­ing the project’s in­cep­tion phase, noted the state­ment, adding that the main project part­ners are the Min­istry of Hous­ing’s Gen­eral Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Phys­i­cal Plan­ning and UN-Habi­tat.

Hayenna will pro­vide train­ing to en­hance the ca­pac­i­ties of 300 state sec­tor em­ploy­ees at the mu­nic­i­pal level and 50 state sec­tor em­ploy­ees at the na­tional level.They will be trained on trans­par­ent and in­te­grated ur­ban plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing ef­fec­tive land man­age­ment and de­sign.

The state­ment noted that the project will also train them on im­proved lo­cal pub­lic fi­nance man­age­ment through ap­pli­ca­tion of the bet­ter­ment levy, a tax col­lected on land that is ris­ing in value due to pub­lic in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ments.

Among the state sec­tor staff ben­e­fit­ing from Hayenna project are em­ploy­ees of the Min­istries of Fi­nance and Plan­ning, the Gen­eral Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Phys­i­cal Plan­ning, the Land Sur­vey Au­thor­ity, and the Real Es­tate Pub­lic­ity De­part­ment.

Hayenna will im­prove the liv­ing con­di­tions of some 60,000 cit­i­zens liv­ing in the four tar­geted ar­eas of the project that will un­dergo more for­mal and trans­par­ent ur­ban de­vel­op­ment plan­ning. It will also raise land value and re­sult in im­proved pub­lic ser­vices. Hun­dreds of jobs are ex­pected to be for­malised or newly cre­ated through the project as small and medium pri­vate sec­tor ac­tiv­i­ties in the tar­geted in­ner-city ar­eas are ex­panded.

“Switzer­land has im­ple­mented a se­ries of suc­cess­ful sus­tain­able projects in Up­per Egypt in re­cent years. To­gether with Egypt’s Min­istry of Hous­ing and UN-Habi­tat, we are look­ing for­ward to work­ing with yet another Up­per Egyp­tian gover­norate, Qena, this time to im­prove its ur­ban de­vel­op­ment.We are proud to launch Hayenna project, which will im­prove the liv­ing con­di­tions of more than 60,000 Egyp­tians,” said Paul Garnier, am­bas­sador of Switzer­land to Egypt.

“In ad­di­tion to its core goals, Hayenna’s ac­tiv­i­ties and achieve­ments will also sup­port on­go­ing ef­forts to im­prove the le­gal and in­sti­tu­tional frame­works re­lated to ur­ban de­vel­op­ment at the na­tional level. The ur­ban de­signs for the sites un­der the project will also aim to en­sure safety for Qena’s cit­i­zens through bet­ter and safer plan­ning of pub­lic ar­eas, mar­ket spa­ces, and street light­ing,” the state­ment added.

Hayenna will also be co­or­di­nated with UN-Women, which is work­ing on pro­mot­ing safe cities and en­sur­ing that women and girls are able to par­tic­i­pate freely in pub­lic af­fairs and en­gage in eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties, men­tioned the state­ment.

Hayenna will pro­vide train­ing to en­hance the ca­pac­i­ties of 300 state sec­tor em­ploy­ees at the mu­nic­i­pal level and 50 state sec­tor em­ploy­ees at the na­tional level

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