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Head of Sinai Reconstruction Authority speaks about development in Sinai

Will the military operations by the Egyptian army and police force affect development plans in the Sinai Peninsula, and can Egypt move ahead with the development plans in tandem with military operations?
A general view of construction equipments on the new road to Saint Catherine, in the Sinai Peninsula, south of Cairo, Egypt December 11, 2018. Picture taken December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh - RC1431EC3D00

ISMAILIA, Egypt — Mohsen Hamed, the CEO of the Sinai Reconstruction Authority, a government body responsible for implementing development projects in the Sinai Peninsula, said that the Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018 will contribute significantly to a qualitative leap in development in this region. He clarified that the state is funding development projects in Sinai along with other bodies, such as Arab funds and Egyptian businessmen.

Hamed said in an interview with Al-Monitor that the Sinai tribes play a major national role in the global war on terrorism and serve as the driving force behind the expansion of development projects. He also noted that the state has allocated 275 billion Egyptian pounds ($15.3 billion) to the Sinai region until 2022.

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