Business Hub – Cairo:
Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, headed today, Board of Governors meeting; In order to discuss a number of important files and issues, In the presence of Major General Mahmoud Shaarawy, Minister of Local Development, and Dr. Essam Shaath, Head of the General Secretariat of Localities Sector at the Ministry of Local Development.
Prime Minister: Follow-up on the implementation of measures to rationalize electricity consumption is your full responsibility
The Prime Minister began the meeting by noting that the repercussions of the current global crisis necessitated taking many measures to reduce its severity as much as possible. Among them is the government’s tendency to announce a number of measures to rationalize electricity consumption at the level of the Republic; With the aim of providing natural gas for export abroad and increasing the return on foreign exchange.
Dr. Mostafa Madbouly indicated that the Egyptian state, It is taking all possible measures in order to deal as much as possible with this unprecedented crisis, In this context, the directives of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, President of the Republic, launching an exceptional social package, have been agreed upon, In addition to supporting various sectors of the state, In addition to trying to maximize the use of our available natural resources to provide foreign exchange, Natural gas is at the forefront of these resources at the present time. It was necessary for the state and the government to work in order to achieve an additional surplus. With an average of about 15% of the volume of natural gas pumped to power stations, Throughout the year, So that we can increase the volume of export of natural gas, Thus providing foreign exchange to the state, It can ease pressure on the hard currency as a result of the rise in the prices of petroleum products and major commodities.
In this context, Dr. Mostafa Madbouly explained that more than one meeting was held with officials of the Ministries of Electricity and Petroleum to discuss the measures that can be taken in this regard. Where the government proceeded to start by itself in rationalizing the consumption of electricity in government buildings and public facilities, Addressing the governors: This file is entirely your responsibility in terms of reviewing and following up the implementation of the decisions taken by the government in this regard. Especially with regard to the rationalization of electricity consumption in the major malls that use the central air conditioning system, as well as adherence to summer timings, In addition to following up on clubs and youth centers to ensure the implementation of decisions related to rationalizing electricity consumption in them, as well as covered halls, illuminated by floodlights, And stadiums that consume significantly electricity.
In this context, Dr. Mostafa Madbouly directed the development of an executive plan in each governorate to follow up on procedures for rationalizing electricity consumption in public facilities, clubs, youth centers, and others. Taking into account the evaluation of those procedures in achieving the state’s objectives for providing electricity.
The Prime Minister said: Whenever we can rationalize our consumption of electricity, we will succeed in saving foreign exchange; If, for example, we save 10% on gas consumption, This will save about $300 million per month by exporting it abroad. Also, if we save 15%, we will save 450 million dollars, Pointing out that we need to provide foreign exchange in light of the high prices of grain and petroleum products; The current Russian-Ukrainian crisis.
Madbouly assigns governors to start implementing the presidential initiative to plant 100 million trees..and a “central garden” in provincial capitals and major cities
In another context, Dr. Mostafa Madbouly moved to talk about the presidential initiative for afforestation concerned with planting 100 million trees, Instructed that work on this initiative be initiated with an extensive afforestation campaign on both sides of the highways, We also aim to increase the green lung in urban cities, Both sides of the main axes and streets that have been upgraded and upgraded during the last period will be planted. Stressing, in this regard, that every new road project to be implemented will have as one of its main components the cultivation of the central island with suitable trees, or on either side, And in coordination with the officials of the Ministry of Agriculture in the selection of tree species.
The Prime Minister also indicated that in a meeting regarding this initiative, it was directed to prepare a clear plan for afforestation of new axes and roads. or those that are being upgraded in the governorates, Taking into account the need to have an appropriate code for the type of trees that will be planted, Stressing that the success of the initiative depends on the active participation of all governmental and non-governmental agencies; In order to work on doubling the citizen’s share of green spaces at the level of the Republic, improve air quality, making the most economical use of trees, Improving the general health of citizens.
In this context, The Prime Minister directed that each governorate adopt the idea of establishing a central park in the capitals of the governorates and major cities to provide a green lung with large areas for citizens in these cities and regions. Which contributes to a qualitative leap of civilization in every city.