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Gamea discusses with WB delegation local development program in Upper Egypt
17 October 2021  -  Organization :  -  Sector/Entity :  -  Category : Industry News

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The meeting reviewed the program’s progress in the governorates of Upper Egypt, in terms of developing industrial zones and economic clusters.

Cairo- Oct 17, 2021

Minister of Trade and Industry has received a delegation from the World Bank led by Mohamed Nada, senior urban specialist at the Bank, in the presence of Mohamed al-Zalat, head of the Industrial Development Authority, Ahmad Reda, associate minister for industrial affairs, and Hisham al-Helbawy, director of the Upper Egypt Local Development Program-for-Results (PforR).

The meeting reviewed updates on the program’s implementation in the governorates of Upper Egypt, in terms of developing industrial zones and economic clusters.

The program, adopted by the Egyptian government in cooperation with the World Bank, aims to improve the business environment for private sector development and strengthen local government capacity for quality infrastructure and service delivery in select governorates in Upper Egypt.

Gamea said that the project is currently implemented in the two governorates of Sohag and Qena as a model to be generalized, noting that it has recently been geographically expanded to include Minya and Assiut.

“Promoting industrial development in Qena and Sohag aims to attract larger, integrated industries in the two governorates, according to the comparative advantages of each,” she emphasized.

The minister added that the Upper Egypt Local Development PforR is integrated with the “Decent Life” initiative, given that boosting the industrial sector comes as a top priority of the program.

World Bank officials, who attended the meeting via video conference, pointed out that a number of economic clusters have been launched in Upper Egypt governorates, including ten in Sohag and Qena, and four in Minya and Assiut, in the fields of handicrafts, furniture, molasses, pomegranate and aromatic plants.

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