New social protection package to come into force in September: Egyptian PM – Society – Egypt

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly speaking at a press conference held on Thursday, August 25, 2022 at the government headquarters in New Alamein (photo courtesy of Egypt’s official cabinet Facebook page)

Madbouly made the announcement Thursday during a press briefing at the Cabinet’s summer headquarters in the city of New Alamein.

The Egyptian government had announced in July the establishment of an exceptional set of programs for low-income citizens, in cooperation with civil society organizations, in accordance with a directive from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

The new package includes an increase of EGP 100 – per month and for the next six months – for current beneficiaries of 8.1 million ration cards used by approximately 9.1 million families in need – approximately 37 million citizens , noted Madbouly.

The new sum will be disbursed in the form of rationed commodities determined by the Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade, according to the prime minister.

The six-month assistance program, which will cover the most needy families and pensioners who earn less than EGP 2,500 per month and government employees whose monthly salary is less than EGP 2,700, will cost the State 1 billion EGP per month, the government announced in July.

In addition, the program adds one million new families to the Takaful and Karama (Solidarity and Dignity) program, a monthly cash support initiative launched in 2015 to support poor families with school-aged children, the elderly and the elderly. people with special needs.

New beneficiaries Takaful and Karama will start receiving a monthly pension in September, bringing the total number of beneficiaries from 4.1 to five million, at a total cost of EGP 3 billion, according to Madbouly.

The cost will be shared between government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), with government covering the cost of adding 500,000 families and NGOs covering 400-500,000 families.

The program gives 425 EGP per month to each family; EGP 60 for each child in primary school; EGP 80 for each child in preparatory school; and 100 EGP for each child in high school, provided the family has enrolled two children in school.

The program provides health coverage to beneficiaries. It also grants EGP 450 to the elderly, people with special needs, widows and divorced women.

The government announced the new social support measures for needy families as the prices of several commodities have skyrocketed in recent months due to the rising cost of wheat and oil around the world after the start of the Russian-Ukrainian war.

Egypt’s headline annual inflation accelerated to 14.6% in July – more than double the corresponding month in 2021 – from 13.2% in June, according to a recent report by the Central Mobilization Agency. and statistics (CAPMAS), adding pressure on citizens with limited incomes.

Earlier in August, the prime minister said the government had earmarked a significant portion of the 2022/2023 budget for emergencies in anticipation of any further increases in fuel and commodity prices.

On Thursday, Madbouly said the country has a reserve of up to EGP 130 billion, which has enabled the government to implement a number of social protection initiatives and programs.

The state will remain ready to intervene with additional measures if necessary, Madbouly stressed.

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Joel C. Hicks