Aid & Development

Egypt, UN Sign DOI to Rebuild What Extremists Destroyed in Sinai

North Africa

On Wednesday 18th of July, Egypt and the United Nations signed a Declaration of Intent which gives Egypt support to rebuild Sinai. The UNDP representative present at the signing stressed the organisations support in developing Sinai.

Egypt and the United Nations signed on Wednesday Declaration of Intent (DOI) in which Egypt is given a grant to support Sinai development program, which has been witnessing large-scale security confrontations to clear armed groups there.

The DOI was signed by Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr and UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the UN Development Program (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Arab States Mourad Wahba.

The signing ceremony was held on the sidelines of the Economic and Social Council Forum on Financing for Development, which is currently held in New York.

Nasr asserted that the government is keen on accelerating the implementation of Sinai development plan upon directives of President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to contribute to the establishment of mega development projects and provide job opportunities for youths and women.

In this context, Wahba pointed out that that UNDP was keen on extending necessary support to continue the development drive in Sinai, praising the rate of current implementation of Sinai development projects.

The parting also discussed supporting the economic empowerment of women with a focus on the areas most in need as well as supporting governance and climate change, and Nasr pointed out that the government has many initiatives to implement in this regard.

She also reiterated the necessity of focusing UN programs on the poorest areas, pointing out that Egypt’s partnering with the UN to do so comes at a very critical and strategic timing for Egypt.

Priority in the coming phase will be directed to the development of the neediest areas especially in Upper Egypt and Sinai, Nasr noted.

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Article: Asharq al-Awsat