1.18 million acres of land to be reclaimed in first phase of land reclamation
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi's meeting with the government sunday - Photo courtesy of presidential office

CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi held a meeting Sunday with the government to discuss the reclamation of 1.8 million acres as the first phase of the reclamation of 4 million acres, Youm7 reported.

A number of ministers and governors attended the meeting including Minister of Cooperation and Planning Ashraf al-Araby, Minister of Local Development Adel Labib, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities Mustafa Kamal, Minister of Finance Hany Kadry Dimian, and Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation Adel Tawfek al-Beltagy.

Official presidential spokesperson ambassador Ehab Badwy said in a statement to Youm7 Sunday that the meeting aimed at specifying the details of the land reclamation process and its mechanism in Upper Egypt and Sinai as the first stage of the agriculture development program proposed by the state.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said in a press conference held after his meeting Sunday that there were firm instructions from president al-Sisi about revival of the Toshka project along with development projects in Farafra, Siwa and Qattara Depression, Youm7 reported.

Minister of agriculture and land reclamation Adel Tawfek al-Beltagy added during the conference that the specified lands are supposed to create two million job opportunities in agriculture and manufacturing which will improve the living standards of at least 4 million citizens.

Al-Beltagy stated that the ministry will work to avoid mistakes done before regarding land reclamation, assuring that the main focus will be the development of human skills.

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