Today, Dr. Hala El-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, held a coordination meeting to follow up on the implementation of the National Initiative for Smart Green Projects, in the presence of Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, Climate Pioneer for the Egyptian Presidency of the Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, and through a video conference Major General Hisham Amna, Minister of Development The meeting was attended by Ambassador Hisham Badr, the general coordinator of the initiative, and Eng. Khaled Mustafa, the permanent representative of the Ministry of Planning, and the governors (via video conference).
During the meeting, Al-Saeed confirmed that this national initiative, the results of which will be announced at the COP 27 climate conference, which Egypt will host next November in Sharm El-Sheikh, will continue after the end of the conference as one of the important national initiatives that come within the framework of settling sustainable development goals, promoting climate action and supporting green projects in Egypt.
Al-Saeed reviewed the reports of the settlement of the sustainable development goals in all governorates of the Republic, and thanked the governors for their cooperation in studying these reports and discussing them at the governorate level.
Al-Saeed said that Egypt is one of the first Arab countries to release voluntary local reports, which will be reviewed at the United Nations next July, noting that Egypt is also one of ten countries in the world that releases 3 voluntary national reports so far, which are carried out in a participatory manner between the government. The private sector and civil society, to assess the role of the state and its findings in achieving sustainable development goals.
Al-Saeed added that the voluntary local reports highlight the extent of the state’s interest in development at the governorate level, pointing to the “Decent Life” initiative as the largest development project in the world, which works to effectively localize sustainable development goals at the governorate level.
The Minister of Planning also indicated that the Ministry launched environmental sustainability standards, which are adhered to in presenting the investment plan, pointing out that the state achieved 30% of the green projects in the investment plan during the past year, and it is targeted to reach that percentage to 40% in the 22/2023 plan, and 50 % during 24/2025.
With regard to the national initiative for smart green projects, Al-Saeed explained that the daily statistics for the participation of projects in the initiative reflect the extent of interest of the governorates and citizens in this initiative. In the final stage to 18 projects other than major projects.
On the importance of the initiative; Al-Saeed explained that it comes within the framework of Egypt’s hosting of COP 27, and that it was agreed with Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin to transfer the initiative from the local level to the African and international level, to become a model for initiatives in this field at the international level.
For his part, Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin pointed out that this initiative is unprecedented in the world in preparing for climate summits, explaining that previous summits did not mobilize societal interest at the local level and at the level of governorates, states or regions in the countries that preceded Egypt in preparing for the climate summit, He continued that the matter gives impetus and continuity to work in the future under the generous patronage of His Excellency the President of the Republic, and the organizing decision of the Prime Minister, which indicated that this effort will be repeated annually and not only to host COP27, in the form of that initiative, which would draw the investment map.
Mohieldin added that all the efforts made by the governors, each in his position and the accompanying work team, constitutes an understanding and consideration of the investment map at the governorate level, pointing out that a number of governorates have developed their sites to take into account the investment dimension.
For his part, Major General Hisham Amna, Minister of Local Development, stressed the Egyptian state’s interest in settling sustainable development goals at the level of all governorates.
The Minister of Local Development pointed to the great interest that the ministry attaches to the initiative, explaining that the aim of the initiative is to enhance the national deal with the environmental dimension and climate changes, with the development of a map at the governorate level for green and smart projects, linking them to funding agencies and attracting the necessary investments for them.
Major General Hisham Amna praised the governorates’ efforts in the daily and continuous follow-up to the committee’s work, encouraging the private sector, companies and civil society, especially youth and women, to apply for the competition, and holding periodic meetings to overcome obstacles, pointing out that the total number of projects developed for the initiative from all governorates to date has reached about 5,000. A project, in various categories, including small local projects, non-profit projects, development projects related to women, climate change, sustainability, large projects, medium projects, and start-up projects.
The Minister of Local Development valued the efforts of the Minister of Planning and Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin since the launch of the initiative sponsored by the President of the Republic, in cooperation with the ministries, members of the Organizing Committee; He pointed out that the Ministry of Planning, in coordination with the Ministry of Local Development and the governorates, organized training programs to introduce the importance of smart green projects and criteria for their selection, and to promote the initiative through the official pages and websites of the governorates.
Major General Hisham Amna pointed out that the ministry spares no effort in linking the organizing committee at the central level and the executive committees at the local level, providing technical support to the evaluation committees in the governorates and mobilizing efforts to motivate the private sector and civil society to advance projects that comply with environmental and technological standards of economic and social feasibility. and environmental sustainability that meets the needs of citizens at the local level.
The Minister of Local Development directed the governors to constantly provide all necessary support to ensure the success of this initiative and continuous and direct communication with those in charge of it, which is a distinguished model for cooperation between all state agencies, governorates, international partners, civil society and the private sector.