CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi honored 24 scientists who received the Nile and State discretionary awards in science and technology 2012-2013, in the framework of the celebration of the Science Day on Saturday.
The honoring ceremony was held at the Khafre Hall at the International Center for Conferences in Nasr City, where a number of ministers, scientists and universities’ presidents attended.
During the celebration, Sisi addressed all Egyptian scientists, according to a Saturday statement by the Presidency.
The presidency spokesperson Alaa Youssef said in the statement that President Sisi has launched a national initiative that includes projects aiming to boost scientific research: doubling grants for outstanding universities’ students, issuing a law to regulate scientific research and implementing an Egyptian strategy for scientific research to keep pace with the development of education strategy.
Sisi also called upon members of private, civil and businessmen communities to contribute in developing and financing scientific research in Egypt. He also called the board of trustees of the “Long Live Egypt” Fund to double the financial allocation for the Scientific and Technological Development Fund.
The 24 honored scientists have contributed with their researches in the fields of medicine, engineering, science, agriculture and genetic engineering.
In September, Sisi issued a presidential decree to form an advisory council of leading scientists and experts to consult on large development projects.
According to the presidential decree, the council includes Nobel Chemistry Prize winner Ahmed Zewail, former NASA scientist and Director of the Center for Remote Sensing and Research at Boston University Farouk El-Baz, Microsoft Deputy Chairman Ali Faramawy, former Chairman of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Global Development Council Mohamed A. El-Erian, Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Imperial College London Magdi Yacoub and founder of the Urology and Nephrology Center of Mansoura University Mohamed Ahmed Ghoneim.