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Sisi Says ‘New Egypt’ Is Prioritizing Science, Advanced Education

Sisi Says ‘New Egypt’ Is Prioritizing Science, Advanced Education

Monday, 19 August, 2019 - 07:45
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. (Reuters)
Cairo - Asharq Al-Awsat

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been vocal about advancing the country’s education system, confirming that the state has placed great confidence in scientists who will help execute its development vision.

As part of government support for the scientific community, Egypt allocated in 2019 a budget of EGP 21 billion ($1.26 billion) for research and innovation.

“Allow me in my name and in the name of the great Egyptian nation to salute Egyptian scientists who deserve all the appreciation for their relentless work,” Sisi said in a speech marking Science Day.

He said that the "new Egypt" devotes special importance to science, adding that developing the country's educational system is a top priority.

“History confirms that despite all the misfortunes Egypt and the Egyptian civilization remained high and inspiring for thousands of years,” Sisi added.

Declaring 2019 in Egypt the “Year of Education” was intended to demonstrate the respect given to science and scientists, according to Sisi.

Speaking on more measures taken to develop the African state’s education system, he said: “The government has begun drafting an ambitious, integrated and stimulating legislative structure for scientific research and innovation, as well as the establishing of new regional, international, private universities to provide educational opportunities our children deserve.”

Demanding that the economy shift to science and knowledge, Sisi touted the great efforts spent by the country’s youth and sciences as transformative.

“The race of civilizations is a feature of the modern world, which depends on culture and technology produced by the people and associated economic growth,” he added, stressing that “access to foreign markets can only be made through science, technology and innovation.”

Sisi concluded his speech with a statement confirming that Egypt is moving forward with development and that prosperity will be fueled by local achievements.

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