Assem El Gazzar, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, states that Egypt ranks eighth in the Arab world and 69th globally in the index of the best countries in quality of life for the year 2021, Invest-Gate reports.
This index evaluates frameworks and the efforts exerted to improve the social and economic conditions of citizens in 167 countries, according to the ministerial statements.
Additionally, the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) has won the United Nations Prize for Human Settlements 2021, in the field of sustainable urban development, by consensus, among more than 170 nominations from many countries.
Aiming at providing adequate housing for all citizens, the Ministry of Housing has been working since President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi took office in 2014, to carry out various development projects, including the Social Housing Initiative in 2014, ” Housing for all Egyptians” initiative, and “Haya Karima” initiative, El Gazzar confirms.
Furthermore, he explains that the Ministry of housing has worked to provide housing units for different segments of society, through three main axes:
• Supporting low-income groups, through the establishment of affordable housing units as well as the elimination of imminent danger areas and the development of slums.
• Helping middle-income groups to purchase units of various sizes.
• Providing housing units for high-income groups according to their requirements.
For her part, Nafisa Hashem, first undersecretary of the Ministry and head of the Housing and Utilities Sector, adds that the Ministry, in cooperation with the United Nations for Human Settlements ( UN-Habitat ), had launched the housing strategy in Egypt in October 2020. She further indicates that the national report of the Arab Republic of Egypt was launched in March 2021, as the report includes what has been achieved in terms of the effective implementation of the new urban plan.