CAIRO: The Egyptian government announced on Wednesday that it will begin trial operations in its New Administrative Capital project in the first half of 2021, according to cabinet spokesman Nader Saad.
The government’s shift to the New Administrative Capital was originally planned for the second half of 2020, but has been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The first half of next year will see trial operations begin in the capital. Employees from various ministries will be transferred,” Saad told local media.
Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said on Tuesday that the government is exerting efforts to accelerate completion of the project, and President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi had recently visited the site to see how work was progressing.
Madbouly explained that the move to the New Administrative Capital will include the transfer of ministries from their old headquarters in Cairo and a “qualitative shift in the method and mechanisms of work within the government and its agencies, through the applications of digital transformation and electronic connectivity.”
Madbouly urged all concerned ministries to work quickly to formulate a package of incentives that will be given to employees moving to the capital and will be announced in January. The government is also urgently following up the provision of education and health services to the New Administrative Capital and Badr City.
The housing plan for government employees has been finalized, Eng. Randa El-Minshawi said in the same meeting.