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Egyptian Govt Confirms Plan to Move to New Capital

Egyptian Govt Confirms Plan to Move to New Capital

Thursday, 30 June, 2022 - 07:30
Residential buildings in the New Administrative Capital. (Reuters)

Egyptian government officials confirmed the plans to move to the New Administrative Capital.

Head of the Central Agency for Organization and Administration (CAOA) Saleh El-Sheikh said the government is adopting professional plans to move to the New Capital and has developed a guide to implement its goals for the transfer of various ministries and government agencies.

The New Administrative Capital is located 75 kilometers east of Cairo, with several projects worth around $300 billion.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said the new region was "the birth of a new state and republic."

Speaking on the sidelines of a conference at Cairo University, Sheikh said there are higher and executive committees that are managing the transfer, and they are meeting on a weekly basis to resolve any obstacles.

He explained that the government had been centrally restructured, whether ministries or agencies, and some bodies have been merged to restructure the state's administrative apparatus.

The Egyptian Cabinet held its first preliminary meeting in the New Administrative Capital last December.

Earlier this week, the Cabinet's press office denied reports claiming only 25 percent of the projects have been implemented in the New Capital.

It quoted the New Administrative Capital Company as saying that the project is one of the most critical national projects established according to the latest international technologies.

It indicated that over 70 percent of its first phase had been completed, covering an area of ​​about 40,000 acres. The first phase includes ten residential neighborhoods, which are between 70 and 90 percent completed.

Several giant projects in the New Capital have been completed, including the government district, which is almost 98 percent ready.

Sheikh said the financial and business district and the central business district, which includes 20 towers, including the iconic tower, and the Sports City, are entirely done and completed.

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