April 22, 2014
Shorouk Publishes Details of Sabbahi's Electoral Platform
The most ambitious new plank of Sabbahiâ€™s platform is a solar energy project that aims to increase output and create new jobs in Egyptâ€™s tech industry. According to Shorouk, the project calls for the nationalization of the solar industry and the gradual development of the industry over a four year period. This includes the development and manufacture of solar panels and their use in Egyptian homes. Sabbahi estimates that the project will create 16,000 jobs in the tech industry and will radically increase energy output in Egypt. The campaign also seeks to development of a silicon industry tied to the production of computer chips and solar panels.
The campaignâ€™s electoral platform is proposing the construction of an above ground tram in the greater Cairo area easing the current strain on Egyptâ€™s overburdened transportation network. The high-speed tram would connect communities like October Sixth, New Cairo, and Tenth of Ramadan City to downtown Cairo and Giza providing public transit for many of the Egyptians commuting to these outlying suburbs. Outside of Cairo, the new planks also advocate for the development of Upper Egypt specifically in the form establishing an Upper Egypt Development Fund and the beginning the development and modernization of hospitals both in the region, and in other parts of the country.
Several new planks focus on combating Egyptâ€™s high unemployment rate. This includes the funding of a million projects costing between 10,000 and 50,000 EGP designed to provide jobs for Egyptâ€™s youth. This project is meant to begin within the first year of Sabbahiâ€™s inauguration to help ease the plight of Egyptâ€™s unemployed youth. The campaign is also calling for reforms to general workersâ€™ sector while developing national training centers specializing on industry.
Sabbahi has also added several planks related to recent issues that have arose since the 2012 elections. This includes calling for the creation of an African Affairs Commission responsible for assisting existing government bodies in reaching an agreement with Ethiopia regarding the construction of the Renaissance Dam. This newly formed commission will also help manage Egyptâ€™s relations with its African neighbors and promote cooperation with them. While the specifics were not disclosed, Sabbahi also plans to launch a series of projects to develop the Suez Canal region.