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Egypt plans relocating eight million citizens to Sinai

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The Egyptian government has announced on Thursday that it will relocate eight million Egyptians to Sinai.

Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, prime minister of Egypt, said that Sinai’s development is a strategic goal at the top of Egypt’s priorities.

Madbouly also said on Wednesday night that the Northern Sinai area has many promising investment potential in the sectors of agriculture, pisciculture, and tourism, in addition to the availability of exporting ports and a network of tunnels which will connect Sinai to the delta.

He added that creating a well-developed environment will provide the locals in Sinai with more job opportunities and will prevent them from being victims of terrorist extremist group.

Egypt is keen on benefiting from the relevant international organizations’ experience, and hence why it is currently working with the World Bank as the main funding source, the Egyptian prime minister said.

Madbouly also suggested forming a team that brings the representatives of the programs together to hold meetings with their Egyptian counterparts and look into the possibilities of the programs that the Egyptian government intends to execute in Sinai, saying that this would allow the immediate start of the cooperation between Egypt and the relevant international organizations.

Egypt had announced earlier a comprehensive plan to change life in Sinai, especially with the drawing end of the military operations “Sinai 2018”.

The goal is to prevent terrorism from considering the peninsula its base, and to support the dimension of security and politics of the eastern borders of the country.

The plan included redistributing Egyptian citizens on the country’s lands, and finding a way to attract investments and residents through industrial, agricultural, and tourism sectors.