CAIRO: Presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi‘s platform We Can Build It Again is based on fighting corruption and promoting democracy. The project includes 21 chapters, each tackling a specific project and the vision for its implementation.
Economy: “End poverty, fight unemployment”
- Economic development that achieves social justice.
- Defined economic strategies and policies.
- Emphasis on seven main rights for the citizen: Right to nutrition, work, health, education and culture, home, acceptable wage, and right to full social insurance.
- Based on proper resources allocation, attracting foreign investment and building joint cooperative projects with Arab and African states.
- Development of small and medium enterprises (SME’s): 1 million new projects within a year and 5 million new projects within four years, mainly targeting women households, youth.
- 10,000 to 50,000 EGP funds per project, to be paid back with interest of 2 percent, in the following sectors: manufacturing, agricultural, including proper exploitation of desert lands, environmental, and tourism.
Effectiveness can be achieved by abiding by a well-defined plan and not random funding.
Unemployment: Current situation; increases by 1.5 million per year
- Development of Upper Egypt.
- 2,000 new factories and companies in small towns within 4 years, between 500,000 and 1 million EGP fund per project.
- Local and government investment (total 1 – 2 billion over 4 years.)
- Establishment of development fund through Upper Egypt bank, which would enhance a total of 25,000 job opportunities. Projects in Upper Egypt: canned food industry, local products manufacturing, agriculture, and fishery.
- Exploration of deserts mineral resources: establishment of 400 mines and stone-pits to create 6,000 direct job opportunities.
- Loans between 50,000 and 100,00 EGP to be provided to investing companies in those projects.
Democracy: Focus on citizenship, development of internal policies aimed at equality in rights, inclusion of all social categories, as guaranteed by the constitution, and empowering the people.
- Freedom to be achieved through a democratic system.
- Dignity guaranteed by national independence.
- Defining foreign policy based on establishing Egypt’s strong position.
- Forging relations with foreign states based on cooperation not dependency.
- Transparency and fighting corruption plan to be presented in full legislative terms to the next parliament.
- Political and social rights for Egyptian expatriates.
- Transitional justice: Holding accountable those responsible who shed blood of innocent victims.
National security and fighting terrorism:
- Developing the skills and power of the security system.
- Fighting cultural, economic, and social aspects of terrorism.
- Strict opposition to the Greater Middle East project.
- Palestinian cause is top priority.
- Free education for all levels, building skills, enhancing creativity, reducing the gap between different types of educational systems, and equal geographical distribution.
- Teachers’ rights and national training program.
- Cooperation with Italy and Germany, inspired by the Dambisku education model, and aiming at connecting education to production sector.
- Fighting illiteracy.
- Re-establishment of cultural institutions; seven cultural ministries projects in which the following ministries are involved; culture, information, tourism, antiquities, education, higher education, youth and sports, and endowment.
- Developing technical education.
- Culture enhancement.
- Fighting publishers’ exploitation and monopoly.
Healthcare system: Full health insurance and developing hospitals
- Development of health facilities in governorates and allocating public funds (3 percent from national GDP.)
- Develop nursery and doctors’ skills, as well as medical cadres.
- Establish independent medicine control authority from Ministry of Health led by pharmacists.
- Increasing standards of public medical services.
- Women rights: Promoting gender equality, 30 percent women representation in parliament, fighting illiteracy for 3 million women, employ 2 million in SME’s, political and economic women empowerment, ensure their children education, and proper vaccination.
- People with special needs: 9 to 12 million in need of a proper system with facilities, additional pension, right to five percent of job opportunities, political empowerment.
Water crisis and Renaissance Dam:
- Presidential commission to work on effective negotiations with Ethiopia, Sudan, and Nile basin countries.
- Seek diplomatic support.
- Implement international industrial and trade pacts with African states.
- Fighting water Nile pollution.
- Rationalize consumption and irrigation water use.
- Solving sewage problems.
- Controlling factories licenses in accordance with waste system regulations.
- Expansion in solar energy system for electricity production.
- Half a million solar power units for half a million in domestic, industrial and touristic sectors, and state institutions.
- Reduce pressure on energy production by 6 percent.
- Establishing four major solar plants; 250 MW capacity per plant with a 2.5 billion investment.
- Wind power: Cover at least 6 percent of energy need and reach 3,000 MW within 4 years.
- 10 new plants 150 MW per each, 1,500 in private sector in two years.
- Encourage local investment by providing lands.
Tourism: Target: 50 million tourists within 8 years
- Challenges to combat: Security situation, transportation means and infrastructure, general health safety, improving public services, and ensuring tourists’ safety.
- Promote tourism programs, explore new spaces such North Coast, and focus on desert tourism, religious, and cultural tourism.
- Empower tourism facilities, hotels and resorts, and decrease taxes on tourism sector.
- Enhance internal tourism.
- Explore potential markets: Latin America, China, Russia, and Arab states ( an estimate of 10 million tourists.)
- Develop the port, maintenance, logistics, and services.
- Comprehensive development project by including Port Said port to compete on international and develop free trade zone.
- Surrounding areas: Ismailia’s high-tech industry and Suez petrochemical industry.