New committee to develop Northwest Coast, desert-hinterlands
Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Egyptian Cabinet formed a senior committee to draft a scheme to develop the Northwest Coast and its desert-hinterlands villages in a bid to offer international tenders and execution in the upcoming phase, they announced in their meeting Sunday.

“The developmental plans of the Northwest Coast are scheduled to address the region’s agricultural, constructional, and remedial tourism potentials,” Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said during the meeting.

President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi had planned fifteen new roads to be built by the end of 2014 and the General Authority for Roads and Bridges is scheduled to extend roads for the region, Mahlab said. The project will provide 34 million people with 11 million job opportunities until 2052.

Mahlab ordered the formed committee to draft the desert-hinterlands of each governorate alone to be separate and to be followed-up during implementation by the respected governors.

In January 2013, a joint committee of officials from the Ministries of Agriculture, Energy, Tourism, and Housing prepared a report of the development and submitted it to Sisi for approval, Egyptian People news gate reported on Jan. 29.

“There are five billion acres suitable for agriculture,” the committee revealed in the report. Large parts of the lands will be irrigated with groundwater, desalination, and rains.

The committee recommended cultivating large parts of these pieces of land for oil extraction and to save large quantities of water. The lands are scattered in many regions such as Matrouh, Alamein region, Al-Salloum, and Alexandria.

The report also included establishing a new city in Alamein on 88 acres and a number of urban gatherings to equip large numbers of new farmers and their families, the committee said.

Besides the agriculture and urban sectors, the project addressed establishing Fish Wealth Projects and exploiting mineral wealth in these regions. The report evaluated the project’s primary cost is 10 billion EGP.

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