Increasing population must be controlled to not surpass state capacity: PM
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CAIRO: Egypt saw 2.6 million births this past year, and a rapidly increasing population will decrease the quality of life, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said Thursday.

“Childbearing rates must be controlled to meet the state’s abilities and sources,” Mahlab said during his opening speech at the National Strategy on Population and Development Conference.

“I have to be honest with you; I’m calling every single Egyptian family to take responsibility to manage  its own childbearing rates to match with its own ability, as long as the state is giving it a chance to offer the children a proper education and health services,” Mahlab said.

He added that the government is doing its best to provide the proper environment for investments and new projects.

Last August, The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) announced that Egypt’s domestic population reached 87 million.

The population of Egypt has more than quadrupled since 1950, when it was 21,000,000, according to figures from the United Nations. The organization estimates that Egypt may reach 114 million persons by 2050.

Mahlab added in his speech that the government would not take a “negative attitude” towards an increased population, as long as it does not affect the state’s strength, but added,  “overpopulation that turns into negative energy decreases from a country’s ability to achieve its hopes.”

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