CAIRO: The construction of the first phase of Egypt’s administrative capital will provide around 1.5 million job opportunities, said Mohsen Salah, head of Arab Contractors Co. Friday.
“The diversity of construction-related works involved such as drilling, paving, building, in the first phase can provide such a large number of jobs,” Salah said in an interview with Youm7.
The first phase of the project will be carried out on 10,500 acres along Cairo-Suez Desert Road, by Egyptian-Chinese Alliance (the China State Construction Engineering Corporation, Arab Contractors, and the Petroleum Projects & Technical Consultations Co.)
Salah said that 90 percent of project’s laborers are Egyptians as Egyptian Labor Law allows only 10 percent for foreign workers, noting that the construction will start in April.
The alliance has been tasked to start building the new capital city’s governmental district that includes ministerial headquarters, public service institutions, and halls for international conferences, 15,000 housing units, public park, and several embassies.
In Oct., 2015, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi said that the first phase of the project should be completed in two years. The ambitious urban planning project was announced in March at the Egypt Economic Development Conference. The timeframe of the project was estimated at between 5 to 7 years, with a total cost estimated at $45 billion.