President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced yesterday the postponement of the launch of mega-projects including the Grand Egyptian Museum and moving civil servants to the new administrative capital.
Both projects have been pushed to next year due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, the presidency said in a statement.
The decision was “due to the circumstances and repercussions of the process of combating the spread of the new Coronavirus either at the national level or globally,” it added.
The statement following Sisi’s meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Housing Minister Assem al-Gazzar and the President’s Adviser for Urban Planning.
During which they went over an action plan for the future of current construction sites, in light of the coronavirus outbreak that has been slowing down the process.
President Sisi has also ordered for highest levels of prevention to be provided, in order to maintain the safety and well-being of workers at construction sites.
Egypt’s most anticipated project the Grand Egyptian Museum was scheduled to be open later this year, while the first group of civil servants were set to be transferred to the government district in the new administrative capital this upcoming June.
This sure comes as a shock to all of us and a great disappointment, but let’s try and stay positive that this outbreak shall soon come to an end.