Dr. Nasr: “The protocol falls within the framework of MIIC’s developmental efforts to enhance lagging regions.”
Dr. Ali Gomaa: “41 houses will be re-built to improve the housing environment for the neediest in the village.”
On Sunday 24 December 2017, the Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Dr. Sahar Nasr signed a cooperation protocol worth EGP 17.6 million with Misr El Kheir Foundation’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees Dr. Ali Gomaa, in presence of the Governor of Souhag Dr. Ayman Abdelmoneim for developing Elsheikh Zein-Eldin Village in Tahta, Souhag Governorate. 
The Minister pointed out that the protocol came within the framework of MIIC’s efforts to develop villages in lagging regions, noting that the Ministry was keen on fulfilling the requirements of development projects and programs, in addition to utilizing optimum capabilities to see that they were implemented in the best possible way, thereby better serve society. She added that the purpose of the project was to achieve integrated development for the village by supporting the health sector, enhancing the housing environment for the neediest families and supporting the educational sector’s institutions, in order to achieve sustainable economic growth that would contribute to enhancing private investments, and increasing access to improved public services by all citizens across Egypt. 
Dr. Nasr reiterated that MIIC undertook the responsibility of securing funds for development projects across Egypt’s different governorates, mentioning for example the EGP 15 million allocated to developing the New Valley Governorate, through connecting sewerage services to 5 villages and the EGP 30 million allocated to the development of South Sinai Governorate (Phase II).  MIIC also cooperated with development partners to implement several projects for enhancing the status of MSME’s in lagging regions, which would provide their residents, especially women, the opportunity to take part in the development process. That is besides creating around 126,000 job opportunities for the neediest classes of society.
The Minister stressed that MIIC believed that sustainable development could not be achieved without uniting efforts among all relevant stakeholders, including on both local and international levels. Hence, MIIC’s work was carried out through laying comprehensive strategies, and allocating available resources in the best possible way. She added that the different development activities targeted the most vulnerable classes, especially in lagging regions. 
On his part, Dr. Gomaa stated that the Foundation, in coordination with Souhag Governorate, would undertake the renovation and substitution works for old potable water pipelines in Elsheikh Zein-Eldin Village in Souhag. It would also extend networks to deprived areas, and would renovate existing water pipelines already connected to houses with the aim of the overall improvement of such services throughout the village. The project also aimed to re-build 41 houses for the neediest, and to provide concrete roofs to 11 houses so as to improve the housing environment, besides building Zein Eldin Preparatory School for girls and furnishing it to cater for the village’s residents.