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Construction of first phase of new Egyptian administrative capital to begin

The construction of the first phase of the new administrative capital in Egypt should be completed in two years time, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi announced Sunday in a meeting with members of his Cabinet.

Egypt signed the deal with China State Construction Engineering Corporation, also known as China Construction, in September.

According to the president the construction of the first phase of the new Egyptian administrative capital is set to begin in January 2016 and completed in early 2018.

Presidential Spokesperson Alaa Youssef stated adding that Housing Minister Mostafa Madbouli stated that between 80 -85 percent of the employment for the city’s construction would be sourced domestically.

According to Youssef, the president believes the new capital will be “a modern and sophisticated city reflecting the nature and culture of Egypt and providing a new life for Egyptians.” He also emphasized that the city will include low-cost housing and serve as a model for environmentally friendly cities.

The  city  would include almost 2,000 schools and colleges and more than 600 health care facilities. They say the project will create more than a million jobs.

The plan to construct the new capital in Egypt was first mooted in March this year in a bid to ease congestion and overpopulation in Cairo over the next 40 years.  However, delays have marred the construction project over tendering. The project is expected to take between 5 to 7 years to complete.

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