In May 2019, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inaugurated a number of development projects and met with government officials to monitor the government's performance.
The President reviewed the preparations and regulatory measures for the 2019 African Cup of Nations Cup, scheduled to be held in Egypt on June 21, 2019.
As part of Egypt's keenness to strengthen and develop relations with all member states of the Arab and Islamic worlds, President Sisi visited to Saudi Arabia to participate in the Arab Emergency Summit and the Ordinary Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
President's meetings with officials
May 2: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has directed the government to give main priority to continuing efforts to upgrade higher education and health systems and improve services offered to citizens. The president’s instructions came during a meeting held with Higher Education Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar and Health Minister Hala Zayed. Sisi also ordered closer coordination between the ministries of higher education and health to continue to effectively carry out the current national projects and initiatives, including those connected with putting an end to patients’ waiting lists and eliminating Virus C.
May 6: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a meeting with Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker and Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Mohamed Abdel Ati. President Sisi has urged for continued efforts to improve water quality and develop and optimize the use of available water resources. The president asserted at the meeting the need for the full implementation of a national strategy for water based on quality improvement, rationalization, development of systems to exchange information and raise awareness about water. The meeting expounded irrigation and water resources-related issues, including preparations for Nile floods, as well as the maintenance of the High Dam and Aswan Reservoir. Sisi also directed to meet the needs of current major development projects of electricity, in addition to continuing efforts of carrying out of electricity interconnections regionally and internationally.
May 9: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli and Transport Minister Kamel el Wazir. President Sisi called for continuing efforts to develop transport mechanism given its direct impact on citizens' daily life. The president said this vital sector is closely linked to sustainable development process and efforts to increase investments and push forward economic growth. The meeting took up progress rate of a number of transport projects, including developing the railway network and metro projects. The President directed finalizing contracts with global companies that will supply Egypt with new carriages and locomotives to achieve hoped-for progress and improve services offered to passengers.
May 9: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli along with ministers of defense and military production, foreign affairs, planning, finance, interior affairs and communication and information technology in addition to chairman of Administrative Control Authority, director of military intelligence and director of the department of information systems in the Armed Forces. He reiterated the importance of making the digital services easily available at a suitable cost for the institutions and citizens. The meeting took up the efforts exerted to develop the capabilities of the state via a unified mechanism for digital transformation. This comes within efforts to start the digital transformation of the state by canceling documentation on paper across governorates and introducing the digital system to save both money and time. Sisi gives directives to continue coordination with the bodies concerned in the state in order to make these digital services easily available and affordable.
May 11: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met the prime minister, the Central Bank of Egypt governor, in addition to the ministers of defense, foreign affairs, petroleum, justice, supply, finance and interior. He issued his directives to officials to promote efforts exerted to monitor markets via tightening control over retail outlets and supporting the role of consumer protection agencies to maintain access to commodities to citizens at high quality. The meeting touched on the government's efforts to provide basic commodities required during the holy fasting month of Ramadan at affordable prices nationwide. It also tackled the latest developments with regard to upgrading the subsidy system and filtering lists of beneficiaries in a way that helps it be more efficient. Sisi noted that implementing more projects in the Suez Canal Economic Zone comes within the framework of the state’s efforts to push forward the development process and provide further job opportunities for the youth.
May 13: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Prime Minister Mostafa Madboli and a raft of ministers. He gave his directives to swiftly implement the new solid waste management system, especially in the over-populated areas within the framework of the attention paid by the State to improving the livelihood of the citizens. President Sisi ordered continuing coordination among the ministries and the bodies concerned to guarantee the success of the new solid waste management system.
May 18: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and Minister of Housing Essam el Gazzar. He issued his directives to officials to continue work on finalizing housing projects as per the set timelines and relevant quality standards in accordance with the contracts signed in this regard. The president gave his orders that ongoing roads projects should be operated after all services required are provided and after ensuring that all elements are ready to provide the best services in the transport field.
May 18: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and Awqaf Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa. He ordered further studied to be conducted to maximize Waqf assets and investment returns. The president said such studies should be made in cooperation with experts and specialists taking into account the legal and sharia controls. The meeting also reviewed efforts made by the Awqad Ministry in the fields of advocacy, translation, publishing, training imams, especially regarding to correct misconceptions and spread the jurisprudence of state building and patriotic character.
May 21: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli at the cabinet's premises in presence of Minister of Finance Mohamed Maait. He directed the government to speed up the processes of digitizing government services and attaining financial inclusion. The President also gave his orders to upgrade the tax system by applying modern technologies, which would create a business-friendly environment and stimulate economic growth. The meeting took up a government plan for digital transformation, shifting from cash to non-cash transactions as well as improving and digitizing the national tax system.
May 23: During his meeting with Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli and Tourism Minister Rania el Mashaat, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi gave directives to officials to continue developing the sector of tourism via the current structural reforms to increase the competitiveness ability of this sector. The meeting tackled the renovation of Montaza district in Alexandria to contribute to reviving the peach and historical tourism in the coastal city.
May 23: During his meeting with Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli and Communication Minister Amr Talaat, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi directed speeding up the pace of work to convert into a digital government to facilitate providing services to citizens. Sisi ordered the government to invest in human resources through increasing training programs to cope with labor market requirements. Talaat briefed the attendees on the Communication Ministry’s ongoing projects in the field of the artificial intelligence, which come as part of the country’s ambitious development plan.
May 27: During a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli in presence of Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi directed the government on Monday 27/5/2019 to maintain efforts necessary for ensuring an investment-friendly environment. He also ordered the government to facilitate investment measures and remove any obstacles that might face investors in any business sectors.
May 28: During a meeting with Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, as well as the ministers of antiquities, tourism and finance, along with the chairman of the Administrative Control Authority and the chief of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi directed the government to abide by the pre-set timetable for finalizing the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), slated to be officially inaugurated in 2020. President Sisi called for enhancing the efficiency of the area surrounding the Grand Egyptian Museum and Giza Plateau, besides roads and axes leading to the area, with the aim of easing the traffic flow.
May 5: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi witnessed the inauguration of mega national projects in Ismailia and central Sinai, topped by tunnels in the Suez Canal and new Ismailia city. The projects fall within the framework of the all-out state development plan. Mega factories were set up in central Sinai to secure jobs and encourage investment and trade. New Ismailia city consists of six residential areas. The 2,828-feddan city can accommodate up to 250,000 people. The first two stages of New Ismailia city are to be opened today, he said, noting that efforts are underway to accomplish the third stage. Five tunnels were set up under the Suez Canal - south of Port Said, North of Ismailia and north of Suez - within the framework of an all-out development plan of Sinai. The development plan also aims at linking Sinai to various parts of the country in addition to shrinking the transit time in the Suez. Two tunnels were established for cars with up-to-date security systems. The tunnels are wide enough for 2000 cars per hour.
May 5: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inaugurated community club, "Nargess", in New Ismailia city. Located east of the New Suez Canal, New Ismailia is established over 2,828 feddans and has 52,000 residential units. The city includes five residential neighborhoods and one high-class district, he said, adding that each has two mosques, a church, two schools and two markets to serve residents. The city also has a central services area that includes a big mosque, a cathedral and an investment zone. A courts complex, a medical complex, a security complex, a library and a conference center also exist in the central services area. Three community clubs have been built to serve residents of New Ismailia, namely: Fayrouz, Nargess and Jasmine. All utility networks have been established during the first and second phases of the New Ismailia project.
May 10: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi made an inspection tour of Nakheel area, located at the end of New Cairo's Mosheer axis. The area has been developed by the national company for the establishment, development and management of roads, which carried out the highway expansion project and removed accumulated debris in it. A series of services projects have been established for the citizens along the highway. During his inspection tour, President Sisi ordered expanding services in a way that serves the residents of the area and secures job opportunities for them.
May 15: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inaugurated a number of projects via video conference. The projects include "Martyr Ahmed Hafez Shousha Bridge" that was built by Al Saada Group LLC and "Martyr Ahmed Abuel Naga Bridge" that was constructed by El Salam International for Construction and Trade. President Sisi also opened the extension project of El-Moshir Tantawy Axis, built by the Military Engineering Department. Sisi also inaugurated "Al-Shahid Axis", which was constructed by Orascom Construction.
May 17: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi attended the annual Iftar banquet of the Armed Forces on the occasion of the 10th of Ramadan victory anniversary. The president greeted the army personnel and the Egyptian people on the occasion that coincided with the October 6, 1973 War. The 10th of Ramadan war will remain one of the greatest epics of heroism and sacrifice, Sisi said.
May 19: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inspected preparations for the African tournament such as the ticketing system and issuing football fan ID cards in the presence of Youth and Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi. The president also witnessed unveiling the mascot of 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, to be hosted by Egypt from June 21 to July 19. He listened also to an explanation about the tournament's ticketing system.
May 24: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi inspected several constructions sites at the New Administrative Capital. The President underscored the importance of commitment to the set timeline for finalizing projects at the New Administrative Capital as per the highest relevant standards and the most recent designs. Sisi saw for himself work progress, current status of some mega projects at the new capital, including the arts and culture city, the new opera house and the government neighborhood, the spokesman added.
May 25: In his speech on the occasion of “Africa Day", President Abdel Fattah El Sisi urged African countries to benefit from both the private and the public sectors to develop the African infrastructure system to promote Africa’s interconnectivity and integration. President Sisi said that the African continent is moving firmly and steadily towards achieving sustainable development through the implementation of the ambitious African Union's 2063 Agenda for the socio-economic transformation of the continent over the next 50 years. President Sisi extended his greetings to all African peoples on the occasion of Africa Day, which marks the historic anniversary of the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), which is now known by the name of the African Union (AU), saying that this day in history ushered in a new era in the path of African solidarity. On this day, 56 years ago, the founding fathers of the OAU set out on the road of unity and cooperation in Africa and laid the foundation for continental economic integration and joint action, setting off Africa's transition towards stability, progress and prosperity, Sisi said. “We are now reaping the fruits of the efforts exerted by the founding fathers of the OAU and the hard work of successive generations of Africans over the past decades.” Africa is steadily moving towards sustainable development through the implementation of its ambitious 2063 Agenda, the President noted. “Every day that passes adds more strength to our joint efforts to find solutions to conflicts and problems which our continent has suffered from for decades and which have for long prevented the realization of the dreams of its people,” he said. Sisi also said that in order to achieve their common objectives, it is crucial for African countries to make better use of the African private sector alongside the African public sector to be able to build mega continental projects to develop the African infrastructure, “thus contributing to the realization of our integration and market linkage plans, in pursuance of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, whose entry into force will be celebrated at our extraordinary summit in Niger in June.” Also, Sisi urged African countries to develop their human resources and prepare their young people to keep abreast of the developments of the times and to take responsibility for the future of their continent.
Official Visits to Egypt
May 12: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Bahraini King Hamad bin Eissa al Khalifa. During the meeting, they discussed means of promoting joint Arab action, especially in light of current challenges faced by the Arab region. Talks between the two leaders come as part of their bilateral meetings to probe ways of fostering Egyptian-Bahraini cooperation in different fields. President Sisi and Bahraini King also reviewed a number of regional files of common concern.
May 23: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi asserted Egypt's keenness on cooperation with Zambia in all fields especially investment and trade in view of Zambia's active role in the South African region and across Africa. The president's remarks were made during a phone call with his Zambian counterpart Edgar Lungu. During their conversation, President Sisi underscored the importance he attaches to consultation with Lungu in light of Zambia's active role in the South African region and across the continent. The two presidents discussed the latest developments about several regional issues and African Union-related files.
President's meetings with officials
May 4: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a meeting with the head of the World Bank Group David Malpass in Cairo, and discussed with him the importance of continuing the implementation of the cooperation programme between Egypt and the group. President Sisi and Malpas discussed ways to develop cooperation between Egypt and the World Bank in various fields, especially in infrastructure projects, the development of an integrated human development system, the development of the most needy areas of the country, and technical programmes supporting the government's efforts to carry out structural reforms.
May 4: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi had a meeting with German Bundestag member and former parliamentary group leader of the ruling CDU/CSU Volker Kauder. The meeting touched on the latest political developments in the region and how Egypt and Germany can cooperate to address common challenges resulting from the current situation. The meeting tackled the developments in Libya. President El Sisi confirmed Egypt’s unwavering position on the crisis in Libya since it began by supporting the unity of the military institution to restore legitimacy, stability and security in the country, in addition to combating militias and armed groups and countering terrorist activities so as to pave the way to realizing the milestones related to the elections and constitution. The President stressed the importance of undermining foreign interventions in Libya in order to prevent the smuggling of weapons and terrorist recruits into the Libyan territories.
May 8: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received the Chief Executive Officer of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). President Sisi said Egypt backs all initiatives that aim to support development in Africa particularly as regards infrastructure, energy and honing skills of Africans, he added.
May 8: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi received Secretary General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) Louise Mushikiwabo. Sisi expressed Egypt's keenness on enhancing cooperation with the organization to help in fulfilling the aspirations of the peoples in the developing countries. Mushikiwabo thanked Egypt for its support to the organization, stressing its pivotal role in the region.
May 9: During his meeting with the commander of the Libya's national army Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi reiterated Egypt’s support for Libyan efforts to fight terrorism and extremist militias with the aim of restoring peace and stability to the war-torn country. Sisi also expressed his support for the military institution in Libya, calling for restoring the legitimacy in the country and paving the way for reaching political solutions. For his side, Haftar hailed the supporting Egyptian role to the Libyan state and people on all levels, praising the deep-historic ties between the two countries.
May 16: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi discussed in Cairo with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan the recent developments in the Gulf region, particularly with regards to the sabotage of naval vessels earlier this week. El-Sisi and Bin Zayed also discussed the attack on Saudi oil stations, for which Iranian-backed Yemeni Houthi rebels claimed responsibility. During the talks, President El-Sisi expressed Egypt's full solidarity and support with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to face all attempts to destabilise the two countries. The Egyptian president asserted that Egypt considers the national security of the Arab Gulf region part of its own security.
May 18: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi held a meeting with Speaker of the Senate of Canada George Furey to discuss relations between the two countries. Sisi greatly appreciated the good treatment of Egyptians in Canada, believing this has helped them effectively merge into many social, economic and political fields there. Egypt is keen on promoting the concept of citizenship and the culture of pluralism and acceptance of the Other, President Sisi said. He told Furey Egypt could serve as a role model in terms of peaceful co-existence in the region. The president also talked about Egypt's efforts to fight terrorism and extremist ideologies, as well as reform the religious discourse.
May 20: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met Noble Energy’s Chairman and CEO, David L. Stover in the presence of Oil minister, Tarek al-Mulla, Presidency spokesman. The meeting addressed ways to develop “Noble Energy” activities in Egypt. For his part, Stover hailed the ambitious Egyptian view to achieve the comprehensive economic development. In this regard, Stover stressed on the company keenness to increase its investments in Egypt noting that the energy sector in Egypt enjoys promising opportunities. On the other hand, President al-Sisi welcomed the company’s official, praising its good global reputation. In addition, President El Sisi expressed his keenness to enhance cooperation with the US Company, in the light of the Egyptian-American distinguished relations, to achieve the common developments goals.
May 26: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi met with al Burhan. The two leaders agreed on the priority of supporting the free will and choices of the Sudanese people. President Sisi affirmed Egypt's full support to Sudan's security and stability, as well as the free will and choices of its people aiming at reaching a better future and preserving the state institutions. President Sisi expressed Egypt's readiness to provide all means of support to brothers in Sudan to address the current challenges in line with the aspirations of the Sudanese people away from external interference.
The two leaders held a bilateral talks session, followed by an expanded meeting attended by Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and Head of the General Intelligence Service Abbas Kamel. Sisi said the visit reflects eternal ties that unite the people of the Nile Valley, the historical bond between Egypt and Sudan, as well as the unity of destiny and the common interest that binds the two brotherly peoples.