Egypt’s planning ministry issues the “Citizen Investment Plan” for Sohag Governorate in FY 2020/2021 plan
15 November 2020
The Ministry of Planning and Economic Development announced the Citizen Investment Plan for Sohag Governorate for the fiscal year (FY) 2020/2021, as part of the Ministry's issuance of the Citizen Plan for the second year in a row in the governorates of Egypt.Egypt’s Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Hala El-Said explained that the “Citizen’s Plan” comes to affirm the citizen’s right to know the directions of the state's sustainable development plan. The minister stressed that it provides detailed information on investments directed by the state to each governorate and distributes them to different sectors.El-Said added that the information contained in the plan helps the citizen to follow up on projects in his governorate, city, or village, which contributes to integrating the citizen into the planning and follow-up systems.El-Said explained that the four main objectives of the citizen’s plan are the localization of sustainable development goals, enhancing transparency, activating community participation, and spreading the culture of programs and performance.El-Said pointed to the public investments directed to the Sohag governorate in the FY 2020/2021 plan amounted to 5.8 EGP billion, with an increase of 48.7% from the FY 2019/2020 plan. “Public investments in Sohag Governorate are distributed across different sectors, as EGP 2.5 billion is allocated to the housing sector, utilities and urban communities, EGP 1.56 billion for the local development sector, EGP 494.6 million for the education and technical education sector, EGP 444 million for the health and population sector, in addition to EGP 240 million for higher education and EGP 640.4 million for other sectors,” she explained.The report of the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development reviewed what the citizen’s plan offers for the most important projects in the governorate. It stated that in the field of housing services, the plan includes 160 projects, whereby EGP 2.5 billion were allocated to develop housing services, utilities, and urban communities.The report also dealt with the most important development goals in the FY 2020/2021 plan in the field of housing, which is to direct about EGP 1.76 billion for drinking water and sanitation services and to direct EGP 345.2 million to develop unsafe informal areas and markets.In the field of local development, the report stated that the plan includes 69 projects with EGP 1.56 billion of investment allocated for local development, mostly in transportation and the construction sectors.The aforementioned projects included overhead bridges for EGP 41.6 million, rural and urban development projects for EGP 119.3 million, local administration projects, and technical support for EGP 122 million, environmental improvement projects for EGP 300.9 million, local economic development projects for EGP 694 million.The report also reviewed the plan for the governorate in the field of pre-university education, which includes 13 projects with investments of EGP 494.6 million. These projects include establishing and equipping (secondary education) classes for EGP 8.6 million, developing the general office, and educational departments in Sohag Governorate for EGP 8.6 million.Concerning the healthcare sector, the report revealed that the plan includes 14 projects with investments amounting to EGP 444 million to develop health services. These include the establishment of the central hospital in Tahta for EGP 50 million, the completion of the development of the Sohag Teaching Hospital in Sohag with EGP 54 million, the establishment of the Al-Ballina Hospital for EGP 60 million, the establishment of Saqliteh Central Hospital in Sohag, at a cost of about EGP 61 million.The report also referred to what is presented by the citizen’s plan in the field of university education and scientific research in Sohag governorate, which includes 14 projects represented in developing university education services and scientific research for EGP 240 million, establishing an emergency hospital and heart, chest, brain and nerve surgeries at Sohag University for EGP 20 million. According to the report, the plan included the renovation of the Faculty of Law’s building at Sohag University for EGP 20 million, completion of the Sohag University administration building for EGP 27 million, equipping health facilities at Sohag University at EGP 30 million, in addition to equipping educational facilities at Sohag University for EGP 41.5 million.On the local development program in Upper Egypt in Sohag governorate, the report revealed that the program represented 19.6% of the total government investments directed to the governorate during the same period, as investments amounted to about EGP 3 billion were directed to Sohag during the period (2017/16 - 2020/19).The program includes the implementation of 69 projects in all centers, as the report reviewed the most prominent sectors, which include the drinking water and sanitation sector by implementing 14 projects for EGP 153 million, the road, and transportation sector by implementing 14 projects for EGP 232 million, the electricity, and lighting sector by implementing 11 projects for EGP 140.7 million, the security, fire, and traffic sector, implementing 12 projects for EGP 57.3 One million, and the environmental improvement sector by implementing 12 projects for EGP 301.7 million.