Highlights of Sabbahi’s presidential platform
Hamdeen Sabbahi - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb

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.

Education:

  • 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.

Energy:

  • 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.)

Suez Canal:

  • 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.
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