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01/02/2018 - 19:09hs

Egypt to relocate capital in 18 months

The country’s government plans to transfer its operations to a administrative center that is being built to the East of Cairo.

Cairo – The chairman of the New Administrative Capital Company for Urban Development, Ahmad Zaki Abdeen, announced that the government’s facilities, including the Presidential Palace, the Cabinet of Ministers, the Parliament and other government offices, will be reallocated to the new administrative capital in 18 months. The information was published by Egyptian news outlet Middle East News Agency (MENA).

During a forum organized by the American University in Cairo this Thursday (1), Abdeen said that the Ministry of Planning will determine which government facilities will be transferred for the government district at the New Administrative Capital. He said that the new district will have 36 government buildings.

The venture will occupy an area of 700 square kilometers to the East of Caito. When the project was announced, in 2015, the estimated costs were of USD 45 billion.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani

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