Sisi meets with Cairo governor to plan for citywide revamp

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met with Cairo Governor Galal al-Saeed on Thursday to discuss the infrastructural challenges facing the nation’s capital, reported the state-owned Middle East News Agency (MENA).

In the meeting, Saeed cited traffic, informal housing settlements and unregulated street vendors as some of Cairo’s most pressing problems.

Sisi reportedly asked Saeed to coordinate with governmental institutions to ease the bureaucratic hurdles to improving quality of life for the average Egyptian, who has “suffered so much and is due to receive his full rights,” the president said.

The governor plans to introduce new housing developments, improved public transportation and an overall “civilized” environment, said MENA.

Saeed offered up some solutions to Cairo’s notorious traffic problem, such as improving the public transport system, developing river transportation and renovating the capital’s main roads and squares.

He also highlighted the problem of informal settlements, which have penetrated 112 areas throughout Cairo and are inhabited by over a million people, according to the governor. Saeed reportedly proposed a plan to develop some of the settlements.

Sisi and Saeed also discussed plans to move all street vendors into designated areas located close to where they currently operate.

Other proposals on the table included instituting a citywide recycling program, building low-income housing and attracting more investment into the city, which would necessitate legislative regulation, the governor asserted. Saeed also proposed new economic and social housing plans targeted at serving newlyweds and people with special needs.

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