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Planning: The Egyptian constitution has given priority to spending on education and health

The Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, represented by Jamil Helmy, Deputy Minister of Planning for Follow-up Affairs of the Sustainable Development Plan, participated in the seminar held by the Egyptian Women’s Special Union entitled “The Legislative Authority and the State’s General Budget” via video conference, with the participation of Mervat Al-Kasan, a member of the Plan and Budget Committee in the House of Representatives, Dr. Mona Makram Ebeid Professor of Political Science at the American University, Hoda Badran, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Specific Union of Egyptian Women, and the discussion was moderated by Dr. Lubna Reda, Executive Director of the Union, with the participation of a number of female parliamentarians, the Federation’s Board of Directors and members of the Federation’s General Assembly.


Jamil Helmy, Assistant Minister of Planning and Economic Development for Sustainable Development Plan Follow-up Affairs indicated that the main objective of the symposium is to have a simple analytical reading of the features of the sustainable development plan and focus on the features of the 2021/2022 plan, as the ability to read the plan and the budget is one of the important things when It results from achieving the goals, plans, programs and projects that the state implements all, stressing the importance of everyone being aware of the features of the plan and its reflection on the lives of citizens.


Helmy explained that when developing the plan, there is a governing framework for its preparation, and one of the most important pillars that are relied upon is the Egyptian constitution and the constitutional entitlements stipulated in the constitution, stressing that the Egyptian constitution has given priority to issues related to spending on education and health, as well as the mandates of the political leadership and global economic developments. .


Helmy indicated that the President of the Republic launched the Egypt Vision 2030 in February 2016, explaining that it represents the strategic framework that is referred to when developing the plan in view of the priorities of Egypt 2030 vision in all fields, noting that the vision includes three economic, social and environmental dimensions and it is important to develop programs and projects that are consistent With the vision and achieving integration between the three dimensions, adding that this strategy represents the 17 global sustainable development goals and Africa's Agenda 2063.


Helmy added that the development of the plan and the budget is done to achieve long-term goals as well as to achieve the goals of the medium-term plan for sustainable development, explaining that the plan for the year 2021/2022 is a distinct plan due to the urgent issues imposed by global and local developments, and he referred to the Egyptian family development program to improve the economic and social characteristics of the family. With a view to controlling population growth, in addition to gender issues, explaining that for the first time, the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development this year prepared a guide for projects in cooperation with the National Council for Women and the National Council for Motherhood and Childhood on the budget and the gender-responsive plan, stressing the importance of integrating gender-specific issues The social worker plans to plan, explaining that the guide aims to direct all ministries and government agencies when financing projects, taking into account the existence of priority projects on which Egypt Vision 2030 focuses in many areas related to gender.


With regard to the post-Covid-19 and plans for coexistence with the Corona, Jamil Helmy referred to the green recovery plans, explaining that the negative effects resulting from the Corona virus have demonstrated the necessity to pay attention to the environmental dimension in the plan, which is what distinguishes the current development vision, noting that the current focus is towards integrating the environmental dimension where it has not Focused on earlier.


Helmy addressed the discussion about social justice in the distribution of resources and the share of the governorates most in need, which comes through the Decent Life Initiative, in addition to the government's launch of the structural reforms program, explaining that the plan is characterized by the fact that it includes several new targets.


Helmy added that the Rural Development Program is one of the most important programs and is an unprecedented program, noting that women's issues intersect with all programs and issues, as women benefit from economic and structural reform programs, as well as women's development programs that include projects that benefit women, such as the incubators project.


Helmy continued that women are mainly benefiting from green economy plans, environmental sustainability standards and gender issues, as well as the family development plan, stressing that there are always projects and programs directed exclusively to women, explaining that there is a focus on providing permanent branches of the National Council for Women in the governorates in order to be presented. Comprehensive services of training and strengthening the capacities of women in the governorates.