Cairo – Mubasher: Finance Minister Mohamed Maait said that providing the basic needs of citizens is a “presidential priority” despite all these harsh global challenges, which lead to very severe pressures on the state’s general budget, and just as we passed the pandemic without a shortage of goods, we will also overcome the negative effects of the Ukrainian crisis.
This came in an open dialogue with a number of young people and university students, civil society representatives, and members of the House of Representatives and Senate in Fayoum, during the celebration of the successful Egyptian experience of participatory budgeting today, in the presence of Nevin Al-Kabbaj, Minister of Social Solidarity, Ashraf Sobhi, Minister of Youth and Sports, Ahmed Al-Ansari, Governor of Fayoum, and Major General Mohamed Amin, Advisor to the President of the Republic for Financial Affairs.
The minister added that the state, with its wise political leadership, is proceeding on its development path. Despite all the challenges that the world’s largest economies are experiencing, since the outbreak of the war in Europe, where inflation has risen at unprecedented rates, and supply chains have experienced severe disruption; As a result of the imbalance of supply and demand, in the wake of the Corona crisis.
He pointed out that President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is closely following the government’s efforts in dealing with the repercussions of global crises, and the resulting massive inflationary wave; To ease the burdens on citizens as much as possible, calling on all segments of society to join hands with the state, and to maximize productive capacities; So as not to import inflation from abroad.
The minister added that development projects cannot be postponed, in order to improve citizens’ lives and provide job opportunities, pointing out that the presidential initiative to develop the Egyptian countryside and lay the foundations for a decent life in all its terms, is the largest funded, most influential and comprehensive project, which confirms the government’s keenness to benefit all Citizens at the republic level the fruits of economic growth.
He pointed out that the “comprehensive health insurance” aims to cover all members of the Egyptian family with distinguished medical care, which contributes to reducing poverty rates, and that the “Solidarity and Karama” program extends to the most needy and most cared groups, in order to enhance the social protection umbrella, along with the delivery of drinking water and sanitation. health and natural gas to improve the quality of life of citizens.
The minister indicated the keenness to adopt societal dialogues on the budget; To determine the priorities of public spending, there are many advanced means and interactive tools that the Ministry of Finance pursues through the Transparency and Community Participation Unit in the process of simplifying budget concepts, in a manner that was evident in the “citizen’s budget” and integrating citizens’ proposals when preparing the draft budget at the local level, which was reflected In the “participatory budget” initiative, empowering youth, and involving them in the state’s vision and fiscal policies for reform, while adopting any “graduation projects” for university students that achieve the goals of the participatory budget.
He explained that Egypt ranked first in the Middle East and North Africa in community participation according to the classification of the International Budget Partnership for the year 2021, which is the culmination of our pure national experience in this field, which aims to enhance the principles of transparency, participation and social accountability, meet the needs of citizens, and contribute to building trust between All development partners.