On Thursday, Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly described the Decent Life initiative, which aims to upgrade life in the countryside, as Egypt’s biggest megaproject in its modern history.
In his speech during the first conference on the Decent Life initiative held at Cairo International Stadium and attended by Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Madbouly said “The Suez Canal was Egypt’s megaproject in the 19th century, the construction of Aswan High Dam was Egypt’s megaproject in the 20th century and the Decent Life project is Egypt’s megaproject in the 21st century.”
The Prime Minister described the project as the hardest, biggest, and most comprehensive project that would change and upgrade the quality of life in Egypt over the past seven years.
Describing it as the biggest in the world, Mostafa Madbouly said that it is the only project in the world to fulfill all the United Nations’ sustained developments goals in the 21st century.
“There are already more than 20 presidential initiatives on health, education, as well as other issues, under the umbrella of Decent Life initiative,” the premier said in his presentation.
According to the prime minister, the Decent Life initiative costs more than EGP 700 billion (about $44.6 billion).
“It is a 100 percent Egyptian project,” he added.
Madbouly revealed that the project started as an experiment two years ago in 375 villages, and has currently grown to 4,584 villages.
Decent Life was first initiated in 2019 when the president charged the Ministry of Social Solidarity with developing Egypt’s poorest 1,000 villages.