Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, confirmed that structural reforms contribute to the localization of sustainable development goals at the level of all governorates of the Arab Republic of Egypt, and transforming the course of the Egyptian economy into a more productive and competitive green economy, as well as deepening the flexibility of the economy and raising its ability to Absorbing external and internal shocks and achieving the state’s goal of reaching the value of Egyptian exports to the value of 100 billion dollars annually.
This came during a meeting between Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, and Mr. Al-Quseir, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, at the Ministry’s headquarters in the New Administrative Capital, to follow up on Implementation rates of policies and procedures implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture to achieve the strategic objectives of the agricultural sector in the National Program for Structural Reforms during the last period.
At the beginning of the meeting, Hala Al-Saeed welcomed the Minister of Agriculture and the ministry’s leaders and explained that this meeting aims to follow up on the executive position of the second phase of The National Program for Economic and Social Reform, to develop a roadmap and a clear strategic vision for the stage after the success of the first phase of the comprehensive economic reform program.
Al-Saeed added: The National Structural Reforms Program targeted the real sector by implementing a package of radical and purposeful structural reforms, and the National Structural Reforms Program is considered one of the basic pillars for enhancing private sector participation and confronting the radical transformations that have recently occurred in the global economy.
She indicated The Minister of Planning noted that the Egyptian state is moving forward towards deepening the flexibility of the Egyptian economy, increasing its competitiveness, consolidating its resilience in the face of shocks, and managing the risks of the repercussions of global economic, social, environmental and political crises. The stages of economic reform were based on two basic stages: The first phase “Financial and Monetary Reform” Which began in November 2016. The second phase is "structural reform" Which was launched in April 2021, where three sectors were selected as a first stage: industry, agriculture, communications, and information technology, in addition to the tourism and logistics sector.
Dr. explained. Hala Al-Saeed that the Prime Minister’s Decision No. 392 of 2021 was issued regarding the formation of the Supreme Committee for Priority Structural Reforms of the Egyptian Economy, headed by the Prime Minister and the membership of a number of ministers, heads of bodies and representatives of the private sector, concerned with following up on the progress and performance of the implementation of the structural reforms program. Within the framework of the national program for economic and social reform, with the aim of improving the structure of the domestic product, increasing the competitiveness of the Egyptian economy, and following up on overall and sectoral reforms, taking into account the link between the theoretical vision for achieving the reform program and the tools of scientific reality in the same regard.
For his part, " Mr. Al-Qasir " The Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation thanks the Minister of Planning and Economic Development and the work team responsible for preparing the national program for structural reforms by adopting a set of executive principles within the framework of the Egyptian state’s adoption of the participatory approach, which is characterized by high efficiency of coordination between all ministries, relevant government agencies, the private sector, and civil society institutions.< /p>
As confirmed by "Al-Qasir" The agricultural sector in the Egyptian state has witnessed a renaissance and unprecedented support from the political leadership during the past ten years due to the vital role that the sector plays as a basic pillar of the national economy, in addition to being considered one of the priority sectors within the structural reform phase due to its accelerated growth rates.< /p>
According to financial indicators, it is considered one of the best sectors that achieved positive growth rates despite all these circumstances. In addition, this sector has proven its ability to withstand as one of the flexible sectors during the Corona pandemic, and perhaps everyone has followed this at a time when many major countries were unable to provide food to their people.
The “Minister of Agriculture” reviewed Executive policies and procedures for the structural reform program related to the agricultural sector, which included a number of strategic objectives that include a set of executive policies and procedures. The Minister of Agriculture added that the first strategic objective is “achieving food and water security.” Includes policies and procedures for enforcing contract farming agreements and maximizing water use efficiency. The second strategic goal also includes “increasing the productivity of the agricultural sector and improving its competitiveness.” On measures to promote strategic crops and legislative reform to improve the performance of the agricultural sector. As for the third strategic goal " Increasing the competitiveness of agricultural exports. It includes policies and procedures to increase agricultural exports and increase investment opportunities. Regarding the fourth strategic goal: “Creating new job opportunities and increasing the incomes of small farmers.” It includes policies and procedures to support initiatives provided to small farmers and digital transformation procedures.
Al-Quseir added: The Ministry of Agriculture, with its various sectors and departments, has been able to achieve many of the strategic objectives of the structural reforms program related to developing the agricultural sector and increasing its competitiveness, especially the executive policies and procedures related to supporting vertical expansion projects that aimed to increase crop productivity, increase reliance on approved seeds, especially for strategic crops, improve agricultural practices, and develop varieties. Hybrids adapt to climate change through expanding applied research while activating contract farming for more than 7 major crops, which will add an important axis in the field of securing the Egyptian state’s needs for strategic crops, in addition to expanding digital transformation applications, legislative and institutional reform, and supporting financing initiatives. Farmers and producers.
The meeting was attended by Kamal Nasr, Assistant Minister for Technical Office Affairs, from the Ministry of Planning, Wael Ziada, Assistant Minister for Economic Affairs and Investment, Hatem Al-Laithi, Advisor to the Minister for Monetary and Banking Affairs, and Dr. from the Ministry of Agriculture. Muhammad Fahim, Advisor to the Minister, Dr. Mohamed Soliman, former head of the Agricultural Research Center and advisor to the minister for agricultural policies, Ahmed Galal, legal advisor to the Ministry of Agriculture.