Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, confirmed 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 the global economic, social, environmental and political crises, as the stages of economic reform were based on two basic stages: The first phase “Financial and Monetary Reform” Which began in November 2016, and 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.
This came during a meeting held by the Minister of Planning and Development. Economic Affairs with Mr. Al-Quseir, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, to follow up on the rates of implementation of policies and procedures that the Ministry of Agriculture has implemented to achieve the strategic objectives of the agricultural sector in the National Structural Reforms Program during the last period.
She explained that This meeting aims to follow up on the executive position of the second phase of the National Economic and Social Reform Program, to develop a roadmap and a clear strategic vision for the phase after the success of the first phase of the comprehensive economic reform programme.
Hala Al-Saeed indicated that Prime Minister Resolution No. 392 of 2021 had been issued regarding the formation of the Supreme Committee for priority structural reforms of the Egyptian economy, headed by the Prime Minister and membership of a number of ministers and 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 Economic and Social Reform Program with the aim of improving the structure of the domestic product, increasing the competitiveness of the Egyptian economy, and following up on macro and sectoral reforms, taking into account the link between the theoretical vision for achieving the reform program and the tools of scientific reality in this regard.< /p>
For his part, the Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation thanked 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 in coordination between all ministries, relevant government agencies, the private sector, and civil society institutions.
Al-Quseir also confirmed that the agricultural sector in the Egyptian state has witnessed a renaissance and unprecedented support from the leadership. Political policies during the past ten years due to the vital role played by the sector 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.
According to financial indicators, the agricultural sector is considered It is 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 resilient sectors during the Corona pandemic, and perhaps everyone has followed this at a time when many major countries have been unable to provide food for their people.< /p>
The Minister of Agriculture reviewed the 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.
He added The Minister of Agriculture said that the first strategic goal is “achieving food and water security.” It 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. The third strategic goal is “Increasing the competitiveness of agricultural exports.” It includes policies and procedures to increase agricultural exports and increase investment opportunities, and with regard to the fourth strategic goal, “Create new job opportunities and increase the incomes of small farmers.” It includes policies and procedures to support initiatives provided to small farmers and digital transformation procedures.
He added that the Ministry of Agriculture and its various sectors and departments have 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 policies and executive procedures related to supporting projects Vertical expansion that aimed to increase crop productivity, increase reliance on approved seeds, especially for strategic crops, improve agricultural practices, and develop varieties and hybrids that adapt to climate change through expansion of applied research while activating contract farming for more than 7 major crops, which will add an important focus in the field. Securing the Egyptian state’s needs for strategic crops, in addition to expanding digital transformation applications, legislative and institutional reform, and strengthening financing initiatives for farmers and producers.