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Egypt to vacate Mogamma mid-2017 to ease traffic downtown: Cairo Governor

Talks with international companies to commercially use the building, says government official

The governorate of Cairo is working in coordination with concerned authorities for employees to vacate the Mogamma a bit over a year, according to Governor of Cairo Galal Mostafa.

According to a press release on Wednesday, the evacuation of Mogamma comes within a larger plan to develop downtown Cairo and ease traffic there. Concerned ministries and authorities will provide alternative venues for all departments of Mogamma in other areas.

Mostafa said some 30,000 employees are currently working in Mogamma, where dozens of services and ministries operate through their offices there. About 100,000 citizens visit the building for different purposes throughout the daily working hours, which cause stress of traffic in the area.

Some media outlets said those arrangements will be concluded mid-2016 but the plan will take over than a year and will finish mid-2017. He said the governorate is currently studying plans to use the building without stressing traffic.

According to an official source at the Cabinet, the government is discussing with international consulting companies means of using the Mogamma building to achieve revenues and keep the traffic flow downtown Cairo.

Several international companies have submitted ideas over the past years to develop the entire downtown Cairo area, including Mogamma and Maspero triangle to use the building commercially or as a hotel, given its distinguished location.

The Egyptian government seeks taking measures to restore order to the streets of the capital and ease pressure on central Cairo areas as part of a campaign to develop downtown. However, the development process is expected to take five to six years, according to previous studies.

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