Sisi an­nounces plans for Up­per Egypt

Business monthly (Egypt) - - IN BRIEF -

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.

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