CAIRO: The Free Egyptians Party and the Egyptian Development Corridor Foundation (EDCF) signed a protocol to begin implementation of a new project called “Amal,” which translates into “hope,” proposing solutions for overpopulation through the redistribution of people and land, according to a joint press conference held on Saturday.
During the conference, it was announced that a joint executive committee would be created to coordinate and organize the implementation of the project by 2015, mainly by developing western desert space for construction.
Egyptian-American scientist Farouq al-Baz and several leading members from the party and the center attended the conference.
“The project faces the problems which stand in the way of development, such as the seizure of agricultural lands, the lack of proper land distribution, and the problem of increasing imports from abroad,” Baz said during the conference.
He said that in Fayoum, for instance, there is land that is ideal for harvesting solar energy, which could satisfy Egypt’s energy needs.
Baz added that an empty area that is capable of accommodating at least 60 million people was needed to pave the path for the implementation of projects to develop the country.
The Egyptian scientist called on Egyptians to relocate from Cairo to other governorates, adding that Egypt had areas that are considered the best in the world to collect solar energy.
Shehab Waguih, the official spokesperson for the Free Egyptians Party, insisted on the role of civil society in such development projects.
“Instead of waiting for the government; political parties and NGOs should try to take responsibility,” he said, an argument which was also advocated by EDCF’s Secretary General Amin Salah.
“The project is an excellent opportunity for community development and investment,” Salah said.
The protocol is divided into three programs. The first one aims to increase public awareness on the possibility of the redistribution of densely inhabited areas, through seminars and workshops, in addition to a media campaign.
The second program concerns the legal aspects of the project, based on research conducted by the EDCF on development corridors.
The third program aims to garner political support for the project, by connecting state officials, private sector entities, civil society organizations, political parties, and potential presidential candidates with each other to cooperate and work on the project.
Originally published in Youm7.