Sisi announces plans for Upper Egypt
Speaking at a televised youth conference in Aswan, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced a series of decisions aimed at boosting living standards in Upper Egypt, including the establishment of a High Authority for the Development of Southern Egypt. The body will be responsible for managing LE 5 billion in investments over the next five years aimed at creating jobs, improving services and preserving Egypt’s Nubian heritage. Sisi also announced plans to establish new industrial zones in the South, with 200 small factories to be built in southern governorates over the next six months. The announcement drew a mixed response, with Nubian activists telling
reporters the decisions do not address Nubian demands, particularly the right to return to lands from which they were displaced due to the construction of the Aswan Dam and the militarization of surrounding areas.