Egypt’s Ministry of Planning and Economic Development has issued a report on “Citizen Follow-up in the Governorates” during fiscal year (FY) 2018/19 and FY 2019/20 for Daqahleya Governorate.
The report includes an inventory of the projects that were fully completed during the period, and linking them to the sustainable development goals.
Hala El-Said, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, indicated that 849 development projects worth EGP 2.7bn were completed in Daqahleya Governorate. These projects covered seven sectors, namely: education; health; housing; electricity; transportation; irrigation; and local development.
The ministry’s report said 36 projects in the water resources and irrigation sector were completed, for EGP 343.4m. These projects related to the state’s efforts to achieve the second UN sustainable development goal (SDG), “Eliminate hunger, provide food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture”.
These projects include: the construction of the new Faraskour station, which will serve 2,000 feddans; the replacement and renewal of the covered drainage networks in the Kafr Bani Salem area; and the construction of an emergency machine at the end of the Lower Umm Nawar Canal of the Upper Cerwo Drainage.
The ministry’s report referred to the third SDG, “Ensuring a healthy life and promoting well-being for all at all ages”, in which five projects were completed, with investments of EGP 22.2m.
This resulted in the establishment, replacement, and renewal of health and family medicine units in the villages of Mit Abu Al-Harith, Abu Nour Al-Din, Mit Abu Al-Hussein, Mit Ghorab, and Al-Malha.
As for the fourth SDG, “Ensuring a quality education that is equitable and inclusive of all, and enhances life-long learning opportunities for all”, the report added that 111 projects in the pre-university education sector have been completed. This took place with investments worth EGP 937.8m, and resulted in the creation, replacement, and expansion of 1,876 classes in all educational levels.
The comprehensive survey of local community characteristics, issued by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), indicates an increase in the percentage of villages in which a governmental primary and preparatory school is available.
This saw a rise from 84.1% in 2015 to 96.2% in 2020, as well as an increase in the percentage of villages with a governmental preparatory school, from 82% in 2015 to 86.8% in 2020.
Within the framework of achieving the sixth goal, “Ensure the availability of drinking water and sanitation for all and manage it sustainably”, 13 drinking water and sanitation projects have been implemented, with investments worth EGP 535m.
These included the completion of: the 5,000 m3/day capacity ultrafiltration water plant in the village of Al-Shawami; the 5,000 m3/day capacity Meit Abbad water station; the 4,000 m3/day capacity Tama Al Amdid water station; the development of the Nasser wastewater treatment plant; and the 34,000 m3/day capacity sewage treatment plant at the Noor Al Hummus Tower.
Concerning the progress made in achieving the seventh SDG, “Ensure universal access to modern, regular and sustainable energy services at an affordable cost”, 13 projects in the electricity and renewable energy sector have been implemented. These have seen investments worth EGP 81m.
They included the expansion of the Mit Ghamr spinning transformer station to add a capacity of 25 MVA, and the replacement of the Gulingil transformer station, with an added capacity of 80 MVA.
A total of 64 projects within the local development programmes for electricity and lighting services were also completed, with investments worth EGP 15.3m. These resulted in the installation of 565 lighting poles, lighting for 39 km of roads, as well as providing 17,700 lighting equipment and tools, and four electric vehicles.
Concerning the ninth SDG, “Establishing resilient infrastructure, stimulating sustainable industrialization inclusive of all, and encouraging innovation”, Daqahleya Governorate saw the doubling of the Mansoura-Tanah-Dikernes road.
Moreover, the Kfour al-Ghab road has been paved and expanded, as well as the completion of 405 projects within local development programmes related to paving roads, with investments of EGP 287.3m.
This resulted in the paving and upgraded efficiency of internal roads and streets extending over a length of 204.8 km.
In terms of the 11th SDG, “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, the report indicated that the construction of six towers was completed as part of a project to construct 11 residential towers in Mansoura. This comes as part of the efforts to develop slums.
The report pointed out that 113 projects fall within the local development programmes related to security, traffic, firefighting, and supporting the needs of local units. These projects will receive a total of EGP 115m in investments.
They have resulted in the completion of the firefighting system in the Gamasa unit and the Al-Manzalah firefighting unit, as well as the establishment and development of three traffic units in Bani Ubaid, Aja, and Al-Sinbalawin. This is in addition to the establishment of and development of three technology centres and nine service complexes and government interests.
The Ministry of Planning and Economic Development’ report also indicated that 84 projects within the thirteenth SDG, “taking urgent measures to combat climate change and its impacts”, have been completed, with EGP 120.4m in investments.