Sunday 21 November 2021
Books – Nashat Ali:
Representative Mustafa Salem, deputy of the Planning and Budget Committee in the House of Representatives, confirmed that the Parliament’s Plan and Budget Committee, in partnership with the bodies of the offices of the local development and housing committees, begins today, Sunday, to discuss the general planning law.
It is scheduled to participate in the meeting, Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning, with the participation of some leaders from the ministries of local development and housing, after it was approved by the Senate.
Salem added that the draft law came to be fully consistent with the current political and social reality of the Egyptian state, as it lays down a set of planning principles that reflect the constitutional entitlements stipulated in the 2014 constitution.
Salem stressed that the draft law aims to set the rules and foundations on which sustainable development plans are based at the national and regional levels in the governorates, as well as at the local and sectoral levels, and how to implement and evaluate them, as well as the rules for vertical coordination from the government to the neighborhood level, and coordination at the horizontal level between ministries concerned.
He pointed out that the draft general planning law targets everything related to organizing this plan, whether annual, short-term or long-term, explaining that the law is concerned with preparing and implementing planning and sustainable development at the economic, social and environmental levels.
The draft law came to replace the currently in force law for preparing the state’s general plan.
He pointed out that the new draft law is an important shift in the shift towards decentralization and the transfer of powers and responsibilities between different local levels, and the achievement of constitutional benefits related to local administration, in addition to being focused on issues of follow-up and evaluation, which was not present in the previous law.
The Undersecretary of the Planning and Budget Committee revealed that the draft law encourages participatory planning and community participation by involving citizens in efforts to achieve comprehensive and sustainable development, and the shift towards decentralization and the transfer of powers and responsibilities between different local levels.
Salem said: The bill carried many advantages, including:
– Establishing a Supreme Council for Planning and Sustainable Development headed by the President of the Republic to coordinate and cooperate between the authorities concerned with planning and development in order to enable the implementation of the benefits of the Sustainable Development Strategy: Egypt 2030, and to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the planning process.
Defining planning documents at the national, regional and local levels and clarifying the complementary relationship between urban plans and economic and social development plans.
Strengthening coordination between sectoral development and spatial development.
– It obliges ministries and planning authorities at local levels to submit project follow-up reports on a regular basis to ensure enhanced efficiency and effectiveness.
The draft law is consistent with the articles of the constitution related to the local administration and decentralization system, as the project enables local units to prepare their development plans at different levels, and gives them the freedom and flexibility necessary to implement these plans, and also encourages them to mobilize more financial resources and direct them to development investment projects.
Not to include any projects without ensuring the availability of the necessary lands for their implementation and that they are free from any judicial disputes, and the necessity of compatibility and integration of foreign-funded projects from loans or grants with the economic and social development plans of the state.
– Work to speed up the completion of projects and increase the efficiency of public spending, in accordance with the controls that the project referred to in the executive regulations.
Mustafa Salem Haditha concluded: This law is considered one of the most important economic laws that the House of Representatives will discuss in its current session because the law currently in force was based on the application of centralization, while the draft law seeks to activate decentralization, which is the prevailing trend of the state as stipulated in the constitution.