Cabinet discusses transferring authorities, embassies to “new capital”
Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab - YOUM7/Ahmed Hanafy

CAIRO: The cabinet discussed new instructions by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi regarding a number of development projects Wednesday, Youm7 reported.

Ministry of Housing presented the project of the “new administrative capital” to be established by the Cairo-Suez desert road. The project plans to transfer the parliament, the presidential palace, ministries and government authorities with accommodations for their employees. Ministry of Housing said there will be a designated area for embassies and international organizations.

The meeting involved discussing the initial feasibility study, expenses, execution phases, schedule, methods of management and operation.

This was not the first time transferring ministries to the Cairo-Suez desert road is proposed. In December 2009, former Cairo Governor Abdel Azim Wazir said that the government was considering transferring 16 ministries outside the capital to Cairo-Suez road to reduce traffic problems, Bikya Masr reported.

Also, in June , 2013 the Urban Planning Authority asked Ministries of Interior, Antiquities, Military Production and Health to quickly send their responses regarding the ministries’ schedules to move their headquarters outside Cairo to be presented to the cabinet taking the decision, Egypt Independent reported.

“We want the heart of Cairo to be a cultural heritage area. Moving headquarters will not cost the state much since some authorities and ministries already have buildings in new cities. We will provide transportation for employees.” Head of Urban Planning Authority Essam el-Gazzar said.

Additional reporting by Hend Mokhtar.

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