CAIRO: President Abdel Fattah al Sisi issued directives to all state’s authorities concerned to accelerate the work rate in the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) to compensate for the years-long delay, according to a Friday presidential statement.
The remarks came during the president’s Thursday meeting with Presidential aide for national and strategic projects Ibrahim Mahlab and Head of the Armed Forces Engineering Corps, General Kamel al Wazir.
During the meeting, Sisi underscored the great importance of this project to Egypt and world countries admiring the ancient Egyptian civilization, noting that the museum will be one of the largest archeological museums in the world, said the statement.
GEM, situated on 120 acres of land, is located 2 km southwest of the Giza Pyramids and was scheduled to be inaugurated in August 2015, but due to funding issues, according to former Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al Damaty’s statement in Al-Ahram; it is not expected be inaugurated before 2018.
The construction of the three-phase project, which includes the construction of the museum’s main building and implementation of the master plan, landscape parks and surrounding site infrastructure, began in March 2012, and two phases have been completed so far.
The meeting also reviewed the progress in the implementation of a range of national projects launched in a number of fields including roads, housing, and sanitation among others.