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UAE signs up to deliver major Egyptian education, healthcare plan

UAE's Minister of State signs protocols to deliver 100 schools, 78 clinics as part of development programme

UAE signs up to deliver major Egyptian education, healthcare plan
Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and head of the UAE/Egypt Liaison Office.

The UAE has signed agreements to deliver dozens of new schools and clinics in Egypt as part of its social and infrastructure development programme in the North African country.

The Prime Minister of Egypt, Ibrahim Mahlab, witnessed the signings of delivery protocols for four of the UAE development projects in Egypt spanning education, healthcare and transportation, news agency WAM reported.

Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and head of the UAE/Egypt Liaison Office, signed the protocols on behalf of the UAE government.

The protocols included the delivery of 100 schools in 18 governorates, 78 clinics in 23 governorates, four bridges in three governorates and 600 public city buses in Cairo, WAM said.

The UAE's programme is projected to benefit more than 10 million Egyptians and to create approximately 900,000 temporary and permanent jobs, it added.

Mahlab was quoted as saying: "Egyptians appreciate and greatly value the support of the UAE leadership and its people. We will not forget this unwavering stand and its contribution to the citizens of Egypt who need it the most.

"These projects reflect tangible proof of the breadth and depth of our bilateral relations and the strength of our decades long historic ties."

He said that the new schools will bolster the existing Ministry of Education programme by expanding its ability to educate the youth and battle illiteracy while the clinics in rural areas will greatly address challenges in providing women with necessary healthcare and children with much needed and timely vaccinations.

He added that the new bridges and the 600 public city buses will serve to reduce congestion and accidents.

Al Jaber said: "I am pleased today to deliver to the Egyptian government and its people these important projects that aim to alleviate the challenges faced by everyday citizens in rural areas."

Al Jaber explained that all projects were chosen based on the objective of immediate, positive and sustainable impact and the social and economic well being of Egyptian citizens.

The new schools will fulfil nearly seven percent of the needs in rural villages and include 1,668 classrooms covering 67,000 students in their first year.

The clinics will provide 780,000 rural residents with easy and immediate access to healthcare.

To date, various projects have been delivered, including a 10MW power plant in Siwa, 50,000 housing units across 18 governorates and a vocational training and placement programme focusing on youth and women, WAM added.

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